macock

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Carolina Algonquian macócqwer (plural) or Powhatan mahcawq (small pumpkin), or from a combination of the two.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

macock (plural macocks)

  1. (historical) A particular plant formerly grown by Native Americans of Virginia and Maryland, thought to be a variety of squash.
    • 1612, John Smith, Map of Virginia, quoted by Kupperman in 1988:
      In May amongst their corne they plant Pumpeons, and a fruit like unto a muske millen, but lesse and worse, which they call Macocks.

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Last modified on 4 August 2013, at 16:37