Definition of pepino in English:

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Pronunciation: /peˈpēnō/

noun (plural pepinos)

A spiny plant of the nightshade family, with edible, purple-streaked yellow fruit, native to the Andes.
  • Solanum muricatum, family Solanaceae.
Example sentences
  • To assemble the pepino melon, arrange the pepino rinds on a sheet pan.
  • Pepinos are high in potassium and are full of vitamin A, B and C.
  • Popular in New Zealand, the pepino is becoming common in some United States markets.


Mid 19th century: from Spanish, literally 'cucumber' (because of the elongated shape of the fruit).

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Syllabification: pe·pi·no

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