Any fleshy watery fruit of the melon or cucumber type, with numerous seeds and a firm rind.‘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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