From Latin cucurbita (“gourd”), + -aceous.
cucurbitaceous (comparative more cucurbitaceous, superlative most cucurbitaceous)
- Pertaining to the gourd family, including cucumbers, pumpkins etc.
1973, Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow:
- On he goes, gabbing, gabbing, recipes for preparing beets in a hundred tasty ways, or such cucurbitaceous improbabilities as Ernest Pudding’s Gourd Surprise