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Definition: Bitter cucumber
(k?`k?m-b?r, formerly kou"k?m-b?r), n.
[OE. cucumer, cocumber, cucumber, fr. L. cucmis,
gen.cucumeris; cf. OF. cocombre,F. concombre.] (Bot.)
A creeping plant, and its fruit, of several species of the
, esp. Cucumis sativus
, the unripe fruit of
which is eaten either fresh or picked. Also, similar plants
or fruits of several other genera. See below.
(Bot.), the Citrullus Colocynthis
. See Colocynth
(a) A small, black flea-beetle (Crepidodera cucumeris
which destroys the leaves of cucumber, squash, and melon
(b) The squash beetle.
(a) A large ornamental or shade tree of the genus Magnolia
, so called from a slight
resemblance of its young fruit to a small cucumber.
(b) An East Indian plant (Averrhoa Bilimbi
) which produces
the fruit known as bilimbi.
, Jerusalem cucumber
, the prickly-fruited
gherkin (Cucumis Anguria
, a species (Cucumis flexuosus
for its long, curiously-shaped fruit.
, a plant (Ecbalium Elaterium
small oval fruit separates from the footstalk when ripe
and expels its seeds and juice with considerable force
through the opening thus made. See Elaterium
, a climbing weed (Sicyos angulatus
, a. [AS. biter; akin to Goth. baitrs, Icel.
bitr, Dan., Sw., D., & G. bitter, OS. bittar, fr. root of E.
bite. See Bite
, v. t.]
1. Having a peculiar, acrid, biting taste, like that of
wormwood or an infusion of hops; as, a bitter medicine;
bitter as aloes.
2. Causing pain or smart; piercing; painful; sharp; severe;
as, a bitter cold day.
3. Causing, or fitted to cause, pain or distress to the mind;
It is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast
forsaken the Lord thy God. --Jer. ii. 19.
4. Characterized by sharpness, severity, or cruelty; harsh;
stern; virulent; as, bitter reproach.
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against
them. --Col. iii.
5. Mournful; sad; distressing; painful; pitiable.
The Egyptians . . . made their lives bitter with
hard bondage. --Ex. i. 14.
, Bitter cucumber
, Bitter gourd
. (Bot.) See
(Bot.), a plant of the genus Cardamine
(Min.), tale earth; calcined magnesia.
(Chem.), a class of substances, extracted
from vegetable products, having strong bitter taste but
with no sharply defined chemical characteristics.
, Epsom salts; magnesium sulphate.
(Bot.), a name given to two European
leguminous herbs, Vicia Orobus
and Ervum Ervilia
To the bitter end
, to the last extremity, however
Syn: Acrid; sharp; harsh; pungent; stinging; cutting; severe;