Pumpkin

pumpkin

(Science: botany) A well-known trailing plant (Cucurbita pepo) and its fruit, used for cooking and for feeding stock; a pompion. Pumpkin seed. The flattish oval seed of the pumpkin.

(Science: zoology) The common pondfish.

Origin: For older pompion, pompon, OF. Pompon, L. Pepo, peponis, Gr, properly, cooked by the sun, ripe, mellow; so called because not eaten till ripe. Cf. Cook.

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