Gherkin vs. Cucumber

By Jaxson

  • Cucumber

    Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is a widely cultivated plant in the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. It is a creeping vine that bears cucumiform fruits that are used as vegetables. There are three main varieties of cucumber: slicing, pickling, and seedless. Within these varieties, several cultivars have been created. In North America, the term “wild cucumber” refers to plants in the genera Echinocystis and Marah, but these are not closely related. The cucumber is originally from South Asia, but now grows on most continents. Many different types of cucumber are traded on the global market.

  • Gherkin (noun)

    A small cucumber, often pickled whole.

  • Gherkin (noun)

    The penis.

  • Cucumber (noun)

    A vine in the gourd family, Cucumis sativus.

  • Cucumber (noun)

    The edible fruit of this plant, having a green rind and crisp white flesh.

  • Gherkin (noun)

    the small green fruit of a plant related to the cucumber, used for pickling.

  • Gherkin (noun)

    the trailing plant that bears gherkins.

Oxford Dictionary

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