Definition of pumpkin in English:


Syllabification: pump·kin
Pronunciation: /ˈpəm(p)kən, ˈpəNGkən


  • 1A large rounded orange-yellow fruit with a thick rind, edible flesh, and many seeds.
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    • Sweet potatoes, beans, pumpkins, and tropical fruits such as bananas and papayas are also grown.
    • The average small farmer in Chiapas, Mexico, for example, produces maize, squash, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, numerous vegetables, fruits and medicinal plants.
    • While there isn't any cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes or pumpkin pie to be had, there is plenty of brandy, gin, and wine on hand.
  • 1.1 informal Used as an affectionate term of address, especially to a child.
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    • Take it from your Aunt Hillary, that this is not the business deal for you, my little pumpkin.
  • 2The plant of the gourd family that produces the pumpkin, having tendrils and large lobed leaves and native to warm regions of America.
    • Genus Cucurbita, family Cucurbitaceae: several species, in particular C. pepo
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    • Sometimes pumpkins or gourds are planted instead of squash.
    • Both sides of this versatile trellis are used, and it can be made sturdy enough to support heavy crops such as gourds and pumpkins.
    • When the Irish immigrants arrived in America, they found pumpkins abundant and much easier to carve than turnips.


late 17th century: alteration of earlier pumpion, from obsolete French pompon, via Latin from Greek pepōn 'large melon' (see pepo).

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