Definition of pepo in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpiːpəʊ

noun (plural pepos)

  • Any fleshy watery fruit of the melon or cucumber type, with numerous seeds and a firm rind.
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    • Botanists call the fruits ‘pepos’ and count them, weird though this seems, as ‘berries’.
    • Investigators agree that Cucurbita pepo fruits would have been used primarily as containers, or perhaps as rattles, rather than food.
    • ‘Our research has shown that members of the Cucurbita pepo species, including pumpkins, are particularly effective in this regard,’ he says.


mid 19th century: from Latin, literally 'pumpkin', from Greek pepōn (from pepōn sikuos 'ripe gourd').

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