from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A West Indian vine (Cucumis anguria) having prickly mature fruits that are sold as curiosities. The immature fruits are widely used for pickling.
- n. The fruit of this plant. Also called gooseberry gourd.
- n. A small cucumber, especially one used for pickling.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small cucumber, often pickled whole.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of small, prickly cucumber, much used for pickles.
- n. See Sea gherkin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small-fruited variety of the cucumber, or simply a young green cucumber of an ordinary variety, used for pickling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various small cucumbers pickled whole
- n. small prickly cucumber
Dutch gurken, pl. of gurk, cucumber, short for agurk, possibly from Polish ogorek, perhaps from Late Greek angourion.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From earlier Dutch plural of gurk (="cucumber"), shortened form of East Frisian augurk (Wiktionary)