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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Cucurbita, genus Cucurbitanoun

    type genus of the Cucurbitaceae


  1. Cucurbita

    Cucurbita (Latin for gourd) is a genus of herbaceous fruits in the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae (also known as cucurbits or cucurbi), native to the Andes and Mesoamerica. Five edible species are grown and consumed for their flesh and seeds. They are variously known as squash, pumpkin, or gourd, depending on species, variety, and local parlance. Other kinds of gourd, also called bottle-gourds, are native to Africa and belong to the genus Lagenaria, which is in the same family and subfamily as Cucurbita, but in a different tribe. These other gourds are used as utensils or vessels, and their young fruits are eaten much like those of the Cucurbita species. Most Cucurbita species are herbaceous vines that grow several meters in length and have tendrils, but non-vining "bush" cultivars of C. pepo and C. maxima have also been developed. The yellow or orange flowers on a Cucurbita plant are of two types: female and male. The female flowers produce the fruit and the male flowers produce pollen. Many North and Central American species are visited by specialist bee pollinators, but other insects with more general feeding habits, such as honey bees, also visit. There is debate about the taxonomy of the genus, as the number of accepted species varies from 13 to 30. The five domesticated species are Cucurbita argyrosperma, C. ficifolia, C. maxima, C. moschata, and C. pepo. All of these can be treated as winter squash because the full-grown fruits can be stored for months; however, C. pepo includes some cultivars that are better used only as summer squash. The fruits of the genus Cucurbita are good sources of nutrients, such as vitamin A and vitamin C, among other nutrients according to species. The fruits have many culinary uses including pumpkin pie, biscuits, bread, desserts, puddings, beverages, and soups. Although botanical fruits, Cucurbita gourds such as squash are typically cooked and eaten as vegetables. Pumpkins see more varied use, and are eaten both as vegetables and as desserts such as pumpkin pie.


  1. cucurbita

    Cucurbita is a genus of herbaceous vines in the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae, also known as the squash and pumpkin family. The plants in this genus are native to the Americas and are characterized by large, yellow or orange flowers and large fruit. Many species are widely grown for their edible fruit and seeds and are commonly used in cooking for their sweet, savory flavor.


  1. Cucurbita

    Cucurbita is a genus in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae first cultivated in the Andes and Mesoamerica and now used in many parts of the world. It includes species grown for their fruit and edible seeds, as well as some species grown only as gourds. These gourds come in many colors, including blue, orange, yellow, red, and green. They have bicollateral vascular bundles. Many North and Central American species are visited by specialist pollinators in the apid group Eucerini, especially the genera Peponapis and Xenoglossa, and these bees can be very important for fruit set. Cucurbita species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species, including cabbage moths, Hypercompe indecisa, and turnip moths. Cucurbitin is found in Cucurbita seeds. Several species of Cucurbita are native to North America, including Cucurbita foetidissima, Cucurbita digitata, and Cucurbita palmata. These plants produce gourds and form large, fleshy, tuber-like roots. Some species, however, are native to South America, including Cucurbita pepo.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Cucurbita

    A plant genus of the family CUCURBITACEAE, order Violales, subclass Dilleniidae, which includes pumpkin, gourd and squash.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cucurbita in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cucurbita in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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