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pumpkin,

common name for the genus Cucurbita of the family Cucurbitaceae (gourdgourd
, common name for some members of the Cucurbitaceae, a family of plants whose range includes all tropical and subtropical areas and extends into the temperate zones.
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 family), a group that includes the pumpkins and squashes—the names may be used interchangeably and without botanical distinction. C. pepo, a species that includes varieties of pumpkin, vegetable marrow (a common European vegetable), and summer squash, has been cultivated so long that its wild form no longer exists and its place of origin is uncertain. If it is native to Asia it was introduced to America in prehistoric times; squashes, corn, and lima beans were the chief crops cultivated by pre-Columbian Native Americans. The pumpkin was among the fruits of the first Thanksgiving celebration of the Pilgrims; it has been a favorite pie filling for autumn festivities ever since, and its shell is carved into the Halloween jack-o'-lantern. The summer squashes include the pattypan, acorn, scallop, and summer crookneck squashes. Other squashes are varieties of C. moschata, including the crookneck squashes and the cheese pumpkin, and C. maxima, the winter squashes (e.g., the Hubbard and turban squashes), called pumpkins in Europe. Pumpkins are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Violales, family Cucurbitaceae.
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The seeds are the real nutritional powerhouse. They are a great source of protein and help with hair loss, prostate and hormone issues. Bodybuilders pay attention. High protein, zinc, magnesium, B vitamins, tryptophan. Good for heart disease, prostate, helps remove intestinal worms. Pumpkin seeds are especially good for tapeworms, roundworms and schistosomiasis. They contain a natural fat that is toxic to parasite eggs. Curcurbitin in pumpkin seeds has shown antiparasitic activity since it has the ability to paralyze worms so they drop off the intestinal walls. To rid body of worms, it is said to eat a big handful of raw pumpkin seeds 2 or 3 times a day on empty stomach for a week. Take a week off, then again for another week. If eaten with garlic, pumpkin seeds are even effective in flushing out pinworms. Pumpkins are very high in carotenoids (hence the orange color), which helps eyes and vision, free-radical scavenger for antiaging. They are used for beautiful skin, prostate cancer, antiinflammatory, arthritis, preventing kidney stones, depression. Pumpkin, squash and gourd flowers are beautiful additions to salads. Note: sprouting seeds produce toxic substance in its embryo.

What does it mean when you dream about a pumpkin?

Pumpkins might simply represent the fall season and harvest time, especially Halloween.

pumpkin

[′pəm·kən]
(botany)
Any of several prickly vines with large lobed leaves and yellow flowers in the genus Cucurbita of the order Violales; the fruit is orange-colored and large, with a firm rind.

pumpkin

turned into coach by Cinderella’s fairy godmother. [Fr. Fairy Tale: Cinderella]

pumpkin

any of several creeping cucurbitaceous plants of the genus Cucurbita, esp C. pepo of North America and C. maxima of Europe

pumpkin

(jargon)
A humourous term for the token - the object (notional or real) that gives its possessor (the "pumpking" or the "pumpkineer") exclusive access to something, e.g. applying patches to a master copy of source (for which the pumpkin is called a "patch pumpkin").

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David Croy once told me once that at a previous job, there was one tape drive and multiple systems that used it for backups. But instead of some high-tech exclusion software, they used a low-tech method to prevent multiple simultaneous backups: a stuffed pumpkin. No one was allowed to make backups unless they had the "backup pumpkin".
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