What does pumpkin mean?

Definitions for pumpkin
ˈpʌmp kɪn or, commonly, ˈpʌŋ kɪnpump·kin

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pumpkin, pumpkin vine, autumn pumpkin, Cucurbita peponoun

    a coarse vine widely cultivated for its large pulpy round orange fruit with firm orange skin and numerous seeds; subspecies of Cucurbita pepo include the summer squashes and a few autumn squashes

  2. pumpkinnoun

    usually large pulpy deep-yellow round fruit of the squash family maturing in late summer or early autumn


  1. pumpkinnoun

    A domesticated plant, Cucurbita pepo similar in growth pattern, foliage, flower, and fruit to the squash or melon.

  2. pumpkinnoun

    The round yellow or orange fruit of this plant.

  3. pumpkinnoun

    Any of a number of cultivars from the genus Cucurbita; known in the US as winter squash.

  4. pumpkinnoun

    A term of endearment for someone small and cute.

  5. Etymology: From pompon, from pepo, from πέπων, from πέπων, from πέπτω.


  1. Pumpkin

    A pumpkin is a vernacular term for mature winter squash of species and varieties in the genus Cucurbita that has culinary and cultural significance but no agreed upon botanical or scientific meaning. The term pumpkin is sometimes used interchangeably with "squash" or "winter squash", and is commonly used for cultivars of Cucurbita argyrosperma, Cucurbita ficifolia, Cucurbita maxima, Cucurbita moschata, and Cucurbita pepo.Native to North America (northeastern Mexico and the southern United States), C. pepo pumpkins are one of the oldest domesticated plants, having been used as early as 7,000 to 5,500 BC. Today, pumpkins of varied species are widely grown for food, as well as for aesthetic and recreational purposes. The pumpkin's thick shell contains edible seeds and pulp. Pumpkin pie, for instance, is a traditional part of Thanksgiving meals in Canada and the United States, and pumpkins are frequently carved as jack-o'-lanterns for decoration around Halloween, although commercially canned pumpkin purée and pumpkin pie fillings are usually made of different pumpkin varieties from those used for jack-o'-lanterns.


  1. pumpkin

    A pumpkin is a type of squash plant that is part of the Cucurbitaceae family, known for its round, vibrant orange fruit that is harvested in the fall. Pumpkins have thick shells with seeds and pulp on the inside. They are cultivated around the world for a variety of reasons including commercial, decorative, and agricultural purposes. They are commonly associated with Halloween and Thanksgiving, and are often carved into jack-o'-lanterns or used in recipes like pies, soups and breads.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pumpkinnoun

    a well-known trailing plant (Cucurbita pepo) and its fruit, -- used for cooking and for feeding stock; a pompion

  2. Etymology: [For older pompion, pompon, OF. pompon, L. pepo, peponis, Gr. , properly, cooked by the sun, ripe, mellow; -- so called because not eaten till ripe. Cf. Cook, n.]


  1. Pumpkin

    A pumpkin is a gourd-like squash of the genus Cucurbita and the family Cucurbitaceae. It commonly refers to cultivars of any one of the species Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita mixta, Cucurbita maxima, and Cucurbita moschata, and is native to North America. They typically have a thick, orange or yellow shell, creased from the stem to the bottom, containing the seeds and pulp. Pumpkins are widely grown for commercial use, and are used both in food and recreation. Pumpkin pie, for instance, is a traditional part of Thanksgiving meals in the United States, and pumpkins are frequently carved as decorations around Halloween. A pumpkin that has a little face carved in it and hollowed out and decorated with candles inside is known as a jack o'lantern; these are often used at Halloween, for example, to decorate windows. In Australian English, the name 'pumpkin' generally refers to the broader category called winter squash in North America.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pumpkin

    pump′kin, n. a plant of the gourd family and its fruit.—Also Pump′ion. [A corr. of O. Fr. pompon—L. pepō—Gr. pepōn, ripe.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pumpkin

    Cucurbita pepo, a useful vegetable for sea use.

Editors Contribution

  1. pumpkin

    A type of cultivar, plant and seed.

    Pumpkin is eaten and used worldwide for various purposes which include soup, pie, pumpkin oil, livestock feed etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 7, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pumpkin in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pumpkin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of pumpkin in a Sentence

  1. David Guas:

    King cake is to Mardi Gras as pumpkin pie is to Thanksgiving — without it, the holiday just would not be the same ! Every table in every home, office, cafeteria and lounge will be graced by a king cake at some point between Twelfth Night on Jan. 6, and Fat Tuesday, when Lent begins.

  2. Tammy Credicott:

    Great by themselves, sprinkled on salads, or tossed on butternut squash soup, these spiced pumpkin seeds deliver great taste and nutrition.

  3. Marc Evan and Chris Soria:

    Pumpkins are definitely hot right now, they used to be just about Halloween but with the rise of pumpkin spice and carvers like us, it’s become a fall seasonal thing which is definitely exciting.

  4. Marci Clow:

    On the seed front, pumpkin seeds specifically are a rich source of zinc, which is good for immune health, and phytosterols, which have been linked to prostate health.

  5. Marc Evan:

    During the busy season( late September through November), Marc Evan estimates their shop goes through about 500 pumpkins -- Most come from Sycamore farms in New York -- with the biggest they’ve carved tipping the scales at 1,800 pounds. With all that pumpkin, they try to make good use out of what gets scooped out. I love pumpkin in my food, we ca n’t save all the pumpkin we use but we love roasting the seeds or [ eating ] fresh baked pumpkin bread.

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