cucumber


cucumber
[[t]kju͟ːkʌmbə(r)[/t]]
cucumbers
1) N-VAR A cucumber is a long thin vegetable with a hard green skin and wet transparent flesh. It is eaten raw in salads.
2) PHRASE (emphasis) If you say that someone is as cool as a cucumber, you are emphasizing that they are very calm and relaxed, especially when you would not expect them to be.

You can hardly be held responsible for Darrow waltzing in, cool as a cucumber, and demanding thousands of pounds.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Cucumber — Cu cum*ber (k? k?m b?r, formerly kou k?m b?r), n. [OE. cucumer, cocumber, cucumber, fr. L. cucmis, gen.cucumeris; cf. OF. cocombre,F. concombre.] (Bot.) A creeping plant, and its fruit, of several species of the genus {Cucumis}, esp. {Cucumis… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cucumber — (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. cocombre (13c., Mod.Fr. concombre), from L. cucumerem (nom. cucumis), perhaps from a pre Italic Mediterranean language. The Latin word also is the source of It. cocomero, Sp. cohombro, Port. cogombro. Replaced O.E.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • cucumber — [kyo͞o′kum΄bər; ] occas [., kyo͞okəmbər] n. [ME cucomer < OFr or L; OFr cocombre < L cucumis (gen. cucumeris)] 1. a trailing annual vine (Cucumis sativus) of the gourd family, grown for its edible fruit 2. the long fruit, with a green rind… …   English World dictionary

  • cucumber — ► NOUN ▪ the long, green skinned fruit of a climbing plant, which has watery flesh and is eaten raw in salads. ORIGIN Latin cucumis …   English terms dictionary

  • Cucumber — This article is about the fruit. For other uses, see Cucumber (disambiguation). Cucumber Cucumbers grow on vines Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • CUCUMBER — Three species of cucumber are mentioned in the Bible and in rabbinic literature: kishu im, pakku ot, and the yerokat (or yerikat) ha ḥamor. (1) Kishu im: only the plural form occurs in the Bible, but the singular, kishut, occurs in rabbinic… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • cucumber — n. 1) to peel; slice a cucumber 2) (misc.) as cool as a cucumber * * * [ kjuːkʌmbə] slice a cucumber (misc.) as cool asa cucumber to peel …   Combinatory dictionary

  • cucumber — UK [ˈkjuːˌkʌmbə(r)] / US [ˈkjuˌkʌmbər] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms cucumber : singular cucumber plural cucumbers a long thin vegetable that has a dark green skin and is white inside. It is usually eaten raw in salads. • as cool as a… …   English dictionary

  • Cucumber — Gurke Gurke (Cucumis sativus) Systematik Klasse: Dreifurchenpollen Zweikeimblättrige (Rosopsida) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • cucumber — /kyooh kum beuhr/, n. 1. a creeping plant, Cucumis sativus, of the gourd family, occurring in many cultivated forms. 2. the edible, fleshy fruit of this plant, of a cylindrical shape with rounded ends and having a green, warty skin. 3. any of… …   Universalium