ETYM Old Eng. cucumer, cocumber, cucumber, from Latin cucmis, gen. cucumeris; cf. Old Fren. cocombre,French concombre.
1. A melon vine of the genus Cucumis; cultivated from earliest times for its cylindrical green fruit; SYN. cucumber vine, Cucumis sativus.
2. Cylindrical green fruit with thin green rind and white flesh eaten as a vegetable; related to melons; SYN. cuke.
Trailing annual plant Cucumis sativus of the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, producing long, green-skinned fruit with crisp, translucent, edible flesh. Small cucumbers, called gherkins, usually the fruit of C. anguria, are often pickled.