pepo [pee-poh] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for pepo on noun, plural pe·pos.

  1. the characteristic fruit of plants of the gourd family, having a fleshy, many-seeded interior and a hard or firm rind, as the gourd, melon, and cucumber.

Origin of pepo 1700–10; Latin pepō large melon, pumpkin Greek pépōn, short for pépōn (síkyos) ripe (gourd) Related Words for pepo cantaloupe, gourd, papaya, watermelon, fruit, squash, musk, casaba, honeydew, nutmeg, vine, pepo Examples from the Web for pepo Historical Examples of pepo

  • The fruit of the papaw resembles the pepo, but the calyx is not superior.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3


  • Among the first was that of Bologna, where Pepo began to expound the law in 1075.

    Cathedral Cities of Italy

    William Wiehe Collins

  • The three carpels forming the pepo are separated by partitions.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5


  • M. Naudin considers these forms as undoubtedly varieties of Cucurbita pepo.

    The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)

    Charles Darwin

  • The fruit is a fleshy many-seeded berry with a tough rind (known as a pepo), and often attains considerable size.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 8


  • British Dictionary definitions for pepo pepo noun plural -pos

    1. the fruit of any of various cucurbitaceous plants, such as the melon, squash, cucumber, and pumpkin, having a firm rind, fleshy watery pulp, and numerous seeds

    Word Origin for pepo C19: from Latin: pumpkin, from Greek pepōn edible gourd, from peptein to ripen

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