cucumber

Definitions

  • A sea-cucumber
    A sea-cucumber
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cucumber cylindrical green fruit with thin green rind and white flesh eaten as a vegetable; related to melons
    • n cucumber a melon vine of the genus Cucumis; cultivated from earliest times for its cylindrical green fruit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sea cucumber spills its internal organs out as a defense mechanism
    • n Cucumber (Bot) A creeping plant, and its fruit, of several species of the genus Cucumis, esp. Cucumis sativus, the unripe fruit of which is eaten either fresh or picked. Also, similar plants or fruits of several other genera. See below.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Tomatoes and cucumbers are fruits
    • n cucumber A common running garden-plant, Cucumis sativus. It is a native of southern Asia, but has been cultivated from the earliest times in all civilized countries. See Cucumis.
    • n cucumber The long, fleshy fruit of this plant, eaten as a cooling salad when green, and also used for pickling. (See gherkin). The stem-end is usually very bitter, as is the whole fruit in some uncultivated varieties.
    • n cucumber A common name of various plants of other genera.
    • n cucumber In California, the big-root or man root Micrampelis fabacea, and doubtless other species. Parsons and Buck, Wild Flowers of California.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only food cockroaches won't eat are cucumbers.
    • n Cucumber kū′kum-bėr a creeping plant, with heart-shaped leaves, rough with bristly hairs, and large oblong fruit used as a salad and pickle—a native of southern Asia
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Idioms

As cool as a cucumber - If someone is as cool as a cucumber, they don't get worried by anything.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cucumer, cocumber, cucumber, fr. L. cucmis, gen.cucumeris,; cf. OF. cocombre,F. concombre,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. cucumis, cucumeris.

Usage

In literature:

Go behind the wall there, by the cucumber frames.
"Quicksilver" by George Manville Fenn
What a jolly old cucumber you are!
"Sappers and Miners" by George Manville Fenn
I'll be bound to say Mr Steve Young's somewhere aft, with his hands in his pockets as usual, looking on as cool as a cucumber.
"Steve Young" by George Manville Fenn
Nothing will do for them but my melons and cucumbers!
"Marcus: the Young Centurion" by George Manville Fenn
They were covered with long red cucumber-like fruit.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Lola, as cool as a cucumber, appeared on the balcony, a glass of champagne in one hand, and a box of chocolates in the other.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
They drink also the juice of the cucumber, mixed with water, which is called cucumber-water.
"Fred Markham in Russia" by W. H. G. Kingston
What am I to do, sir, about the cucumber frame?
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
As it chanced we had a lucky day and sold our stock of berries and cucumbers in a short time.
"The Life and Adventures of Nat Love" by Nat Love
Slip behind that cucumber-frame and hide, and let us see who it is.
"The Princess of the School" by Angela Brazil
Sunbeams cannot be extracted from cucumbers, nor can the great manner in literature emanate from a chill self-culture.
"Milton" by Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
Papanjay, or Sponge Cucumber.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
He was bursting with big thoughts, and as cool as a cucumber all the time.
"Post Haste" by R.M. Ballantyne
But Jack was as cool as a cucumber, and wore a remarkably amiable expression of countenance.
"Fort Desolation" by R.M. Ballantyne
Take her by and large, she was a pretty cool, calm cucumber.
"Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son" by George Horace Lorimer
There were plenty of trout, fresh sliced cucumbers, and a special soup for the kiddies.
"Riviera Towns" by Herbert Adams Gibbons
Ran off one day with a cucumber pie.
"The Peter Patter Book of Nursery Rhymes" by Leroy F. Jackson
So I felt like a cucumber pickle but now I don't mind it at all.
"Mary Rose of Mifflin" by Frances R. Sterrett
O for a lodge in a garden of cucumbers!
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
For example, you will remember that not long ago we described the complicated history of the starfish, sea-urchins, and sea-cucumbers.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
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In poetry:

His haughty and hibernal gaze
Seemed like twin icicles to strike.
The whole man was, in many ways,
Peculiarly cucumber-like.
"The Impervious Iceberg" by C J Dennis
He said someday my horse will be pole-axed
And then I won't forget you!
And —when Cucumber started at ten to one
And came home at half past two !
"Cucumber's race! (for the tinned-salmon stakes)" by T W Connor

In news:

Blend the cucumbers (peel, seeds, and all), water, almonds, garlic, vinegar, and salt in a heavy-duty blender until smooth, about 2 minutes.
Sea cucumbers are echinoderms, marine animals in the same phylum as sea urchins, starfish, and sand dollars.
Someone recently posted a picture online, showing cucumbers growing in their home garden.
My dad and grandfather always had gardens and they included lemon cucumbers , which they peeled with pocket knives and ate while tending to those gardens.
6 medium cucumbers , thinly sliced.
In a bowl, combine cucumbers and onion.
Garnish 2 cups roasted corn 2 cups diced cucumbers 6 basil leaves, chiffonade 1 cup cherry tomatoes.
1 small cucumber partially peeled, sliced in circles in half (approximately 1 1/ 2 cups).
1/2 European cucumber , 2 Persian cucumbers or 1 regular cucumber , peeled if waxy, seeded if the seeds are large, and cut in small dice.
3 Cucumbers , deseeded & diced.
) Mix tomatoes, cucumbers , & onion in bowl.
Erika Svanoe picks a cucumber Monday morning in her section of the Gitigaan Garden near Bemidji State University.
Rub salt into cucumbers .
Heap cucumbers in a bowl.
With the tender cucumbers of early summer giving way to zeppelin-sized cukes of the late summer harvest, now through mid-September is the time to keep an eye open the biggest cucumbers you can find.
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In science:

This makes it easy for a fully frozen word (say cucumbers) to create a new word cucumber with the same meaning, but di(cid:14)cult for cucumbers to change its meaning to f AVOCADO g.
The Acquisition of a Lexicon from Paired Phoneme Sequences and Semantic Representations
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