a. A tendril-bearing, climbing or sprawling annual plant (Cucumis sativus) widely cultivated for its edible cylindrical fruit that has a green rind and crisp white flesh.
b. The fruit of this plant, harvested when immature and eaten fresh or pickled.
2. Any of several related or similar plants, such as the bur cucumber or the squirting cucumber.
[Middle English cucomer, from Old French coucombre, from Latin cucumis, cucumer-.]
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