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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.

The alternative theory that it may be from the Wôpanâak word pôhpukun (grows forth round) is false.[1]


  • enPR: pŭmpʹkin, IPA(key): /ˈpʌmpkɪn/
  • Hyphenation: pump‧kin
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  • Rhymes: -ʌmpkɪn


pumpkin (plural pumpkins)

  1. A domesticated plant, in species Cucurbita pepo, similar in growth pattern, foliage, flower, and fruit to the squash or melon.
  2. The round yellow or orange fruit of this plant.
    • 1904, L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz[2]:
      There were pumpkins in Mombi’s corn-fields, lying golden red among the rows of green stalks; and these had been planted and carefully tended that the four-horned cow might eat of them in the winter time.
  3. (uncountable) The color of the fruit of the pumpkin plant.
  4. (Australia) Any of a number of cultivars from the genus Cucurbita; known in the US as winter squash.
  5. (US) A term of endearment for someone small and cute.

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  1. ^ Filip Larsson (November 12, 2021), “Debunking a myth by chunking the etymology of pumpkin”, in Lund Language Diversity Forum – Lund University[1]