noun Etymology: Dutch gurken, plural of gurk cucumber, ultimately from Middle Greek agouros Date: 1661 1. a. a small prickly fruit used for pickling; also a pickle made from this fruit b. the slender annual vine (Cucumis anguria) of the gourd family that bears gherkins 2. the immature fruit of the cucumber especially when used for pickling

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  • Gherkin — Gher kin (g[ e]r k[i^]n), n. [D. agurkje, a dim. akin to G. gurke, Dan. agurke; cf. Pol. og[ o]rek, Bohem. okurka, LGr. aggoy rion watermelon, Ar. al khiy[=a]r, Per. khiy[=a]r.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) A kind of small, prickly cucumber, much… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gherkin — small cucumber used for pickling, 1660s, from early modern Du. gurken, augurken (late 16c.) small pickled cucumber, from E.Fris. augurk cucumber, probably from a Balto Slavic source (Cf. Polish ogórek cucumber ), possibly ultimately from Medieval …   Etymology dictionary

  • gherkin — ► NOUN ▪ a small pickled cucumber. ORIGIN Dutch gurkje, from Greek angourion cucumber …   English terms dictionary

  • gherkin — [gʉr′kin] n. [< Du or LowG gurken, cucumber < Pol ogórek < ModGr angouri < LGr angourion, watermelon < Pers angārah] 1. a plant (Cucumis anguria) of the gourd family bearing small, prickly, cucumberlike fruit 2. the fruit of this… …   English World dictionary

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  • gherkin — /gerr kin/, n. 1. the small, immature fruit of a variety of cucumber, used in pickling. 2. Also called bur gherkin, West Indian gherkin. the small, spiny fruit of a tropical vine, Cucumis anguria, of the gourd family, used in pickling. 3. the… …   Universalium

  • Gherkin — 30 St Mary Axe 41° 24′ 13″ N 2° 11′ 22″ E / 41.4035, 2.189583 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • gherkin — UK [ˈɡɜː(r)kɪn] / US [ˈɡɜrkɪn] noun [countable] Word forms gherkin : singular gherkin plural gherkins a small green vegetable preserved in vinegar and eaten cold with meals …   English dictionary

  • gherkin — [17] Etymologically, a gherkin may be a ‘little unripe one’. The word was borrowed from an assumed early Dutch *gurkkijn, a diminutive form of gurk, which probably came from Lithuanian agurkas. This in turn goes back via Polish ogurek to medieval …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • gherkin — paprastasis agurkas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Moliūginių šeimos augalas (Cucumis sativus), paplitęs atogrąžų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Cucumis sativus; Cucumis sativus var. anatolicus; Cucumis sativus var. anglicus; Cucumis sativus… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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