Definition of pepo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpēpō/

noun (plural pepos)

Any fleshy, watery fruit of the melon or cucumber type, with numerous seeds and a firm rind.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: pe·po

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