Punkin vs. Pumpkin - What's the difference?


A pumpkin is a cultivar of a squash plant, most commonly of Cucurbita pepo, that is round, with smooth, slightly ribbed skin, and deep yellow to orange coloration. The thick shell contains the seeds and pulp. Some exceptionally large cultivars of squash with similar appearance have also been derived from Cucurbita maxima. Specific cultivars of winter squash derived from other species, including C. argyrosperma, and C. moschata, are also sometimes called "pumpkin". In New Zealand and Australian English, the term pumpkin generally refers to the broader category called winter squash elsewhere.Native to North America, pumpkins are widely grown for commercial use and are used both in food and recreation. Pumpkin pie, for instance, is a traditional part of Thanksgiving meals in Canada and the United States, and pumpkins are frequently carved as jack-o'-lanterns for decoration around Halloween, although commercially canned pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie fillings are usually made from different kinds of winter squash than the ones used for jack-o'-lanterns.

Punkin vs. Pumpkin


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1. Noun


1. Noun

punkin (plural punkins)

  1. Eye dialect spelling of pumpkin.

2. Anagrams

  • pink 'un


1. Alternative forms

  • punkin (US, term of endearment)

2. Etymology

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.

3. Pronunciation

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

4. Noun

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.
  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.

5. See also

  • calabash
  • calabaza
  • gourd
  • marrow
  • squash
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