Pumpkin

Pumpkin seeds in a wooden bowl on a white table
Categories: Plants
Cucurbita_maxima (Wikipedia)

Cucurbita maxima
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Rosids
Order:Cucurbitales
Family:Cucurbitaceae
Genus:Cucurbita
Species:
C. maxima
Binomial name
Cucurbita maxima
Subspecies
  • C. maxima subsp. andreana
  • C. maxima subsp. maxima
Synonyms
  • Cucumis rapallito Carrière
  • Cucumis zapallito Carrière
  • Cucurbita farinae Mozz. ex Naudin
  • Cucurbita maxima var. triloba Millán
  • Cucurbita maxima var. turgida L.H.Bailey
  • Cucurbita maxima var. zapallito (Carrière) Millán
  • Cucurbita maxima var. zipinka Millán
  • Cucurbita pileiformis M.Roem.
  • Cucurbita rapallito Carrière
  • Cucurbita sulcata Blanco
  • Cucurbita turbaniformis M.Roem.
  • Cucurbita zapallito Carrière
  • Pepo maximus Peterm.
  • Pileocalyx elegans Gasp.

Cucurbita maxima, one of at least four species of cultivated squash, is one of the most diverse domesticated species. This species originated in South America from the wild Cucurbita andreana over 4000 years ago. The two species hybridize quite readily but have noticeably different calcium levels.

Pumpkin (Wiktionary)

English

Alternative forms

  • punkin (US, term of endearment)

Etymology

From Middle French pompon, from Latin pepō, from Ancient Greek πέπων (pépōn, large melon), from πέπων (pépōn, ripe), from πέπτω (péptō, ripen). Suffixed with the now obsolete -kin. Doublet of pepo.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: pŭmpʹkin, IPA(key
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