Cucumber tree

Cucumber tree
Cucumber Cu"cum*ber (k?`k?m-b?r, formerly kou"k?m-b?r), n. [OE. cucumer, cocumber, cucumber, fr. L. cucmis, gen.cucumeris; cf. OF. cocombre,F. concombre.] (Bot.) A creeping plant, and its fruit, of several species of the genus {Cucumis}, esp. {Cucumis sativus}, the unripe fruit of which is eaten either fresh or picked. Also, similar plants or fruits of several other genera. See below. [1913 Webster]

{Bitter cucumber} (Bot.), the {Citrullus Colocynthis} syn. {Cucumis Colocynthis}. See {Colocynth}.

{Cucumber beetle.} (Zo["o]l.) (a) A small, black flea-beetle ({Crepidodera cucumeris}), which destroys the leaves of cucumber, squash, and melon vines. (b) The squash beetle.

{Cucumber tree}. (a) A large ornamental or shade tree of the genus {Magnolia} {(Magnolia acuminata)}, so called from a slight resemblance of its young fruit to a small cucumber. (b) An East Indian plant ({Averrhoa Bilimbi}) which produces the fruit known as bilimbi.

{Jamaica cucumber}, {Jerusalem cucumber}, the prickly-fruited gherkin ({Cucumis Anguria}).

{Snake cucumber}, a species ({Cucumis flexuosus}) remarkable for its long, curiously-shaped fruit.

{Squirting cucumber}, a plant ({Ecbalium Elaterium}) whose small oval fruit separates from the footstalk when ripe and expels its seeds and juice with considerable force through the opening thus made. See {Elaterium}.

{Star cucumber}, a climbing weed ({Sicyos angulatus}) with prickly fruit. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • cucumber tree — ☆ cucumber tree n. an American magnolia tree (Magnolia acuminata) with large, greenish flowers and fruit resembling a small cucumber …   English World dictionary

  • Cucumber tree — (or Cucumbertree) may refer to: Averrhoa bilimbi, a tree native to South east Asia Dendrosicyos socotrana, a tree native to Socotra Magnolia acuminata, a tree native to the north eastern United States This page is an index of articles on plant… …   Wikipedia

  • cucumber tree — noun American deciduous magnolia having large leaves and fruit like a small cucumber • Syn: ↑Magnolia acuminata • Hypernyms: ↑magnolia * * * noun 1. : any of several American magnolias (especially Magnolia acuminata) havi …   Useful english dictionary

  • cucumber-tree — agurkinė magnolija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Magnolijinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Magnolia acuminata), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Magnolia acuminata angl. blue magnolia; cucumber magnolia; cucumber… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • cucumber-tree — agurkinė averoja statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Kiškiakopūstinių šeimos vaisinis kultūrinis augalas (Averrhoa bilimbi). atitikmenys: lot. Averrhoa bilimbi angl. bilimbi; cucumber tree vok. Bilimbi; Bilimbibaum; Gurkenbaum rus. аверройя… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • cucumber-tree — averoja statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Kiškiakopūstinių (Oxalidaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Averrhoa). atitikmenys: lot. Averrhoa angl. cucumber tree vok. Gurkenbaum rus. аверройя lenk. oskomian …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • cucumber tree — noun Date: circa 1782 a magnolia (Magnolia acuminata) of the eastern United States having fruit resembling a small cucumber …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cucumber tree — /ˈkjukʌmbə ˌtri/ (say kyoohkumbuh .tree) noun 1. any of several American magnolias, especially Magnolia acuminata. 2. any of certain other trees, as an East Asian tree of the genus Averrhoa …   Australian English dictionary

  • cucumber tree — 1. any of several American magnolias, esp. Magnolia acuminata, having ovate leaves, yellowish green bell shaped flowers, and dark red, conelike fruit. 2. any of certain other trees, as an East Indian tree of the genus Averrhoa. [1775 85, Amer.;… …   Universalium

  • cucumber tree — cu′cumber tree n. pln any of several American magnolias, esp. Magnolia acuminata, having dark red conelike fruit • Etymology: 1775–85, amer …   From formal English to slang

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