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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Cucurbitaceae, family Cucurbitaceae, gourd family(noun)

    a family of herbaceous vines (such as cucumber or melon or squash or pumpkin)

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  1. Cucurbitaceae

    The Cucurbitaceae are an important plant family consisting of various squashes, melons, and gourds, including crops such as cucumbers, pumpkins, luffas, and watermelons. The family is predominantly distributed around the tropics, where those with edible fruits were among the earliest cultivated plants in both the Old and New Worlds. The Cucurbitaceae consist of approximately 125 genera and 960 species, mainly in regions tropical and subtropical. All species are sensitive to frost. Most of the plants in this family are annual vines but there are also woody lianas, thorny shrubs, and trees. Many species have large, yellow or white flowers. The stems are hairy and pentangular. Tendrils are present at 90° to the leaf petioles at nodes. Leaves are exstipulate alternate simple palmately lobed or palmately compound. The flowers are unisexual, with male and female flowers on different plants or on the same plant. The female flowers have inferior ovaries. The fruit is often a kind of modified berry called a pepo.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Cucurbitaceae

    The gourd plant family of the order Violales, subclass Dilleniidae, class Magnoliopsida. It is sometimes placed in its own order, Cucurbitales. 'Melon' generally refers to CUCUMIS; CITRULLUS; or MOMORDICA.

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