Synonyms for gherkin

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He says no one has ever seen a Gherkin blub; if they have to, they go and do it somewhere else.

You had to move your ears and say "Gherkin," then you were admitted to the trench.

What the devil's the use of "h" in gherkin, I'd like to know.

A gherkin is always eaten with this, the chief food of India.

Anchovy and gherkin, cut into small diamonds, may be placed between.

Some thin slices of gherkin may be added to the meat, and the same plan can be adopted with pickled fish, brawn or sausages.

King of the Ridge has smooth fruits a foot or more long; gherkin, a short, prickly form, is much used for pickling.

The gherkin a few inches above it defied the eye to detect the swelling and lengthening that were taking place as a man looked on.

He has also found a new rose of a beautiful description, having thorns on its branches, and a seed-vessel resembling a gherkin.

Bakkus took her hand which held a fork on which was prodded a gherkin--they were at lunch--and raised it to his lips.


small cucumber used for pickling, 1660s, from early modern Dutch gurken, augurken (late 16c.) "small pickled cucumber," from East Frisian augurk "cucumber," probably from a Balto-Slavic source (cf. Polish ogórek "cucumber"), possibly ultimately from Medieval Greek angourion "a kind of cucumber," said to be from Persian angarah [Klein, etc.], but OED seems to regard this as unlikely. A Dutch source says the Greek is from a word for "immature" and that the vegetable originated in northern India and came to Eastern Europe via the Byzantine Empire.

The Dutch suffix is perhaps the diminutive -kin, though some regard it as a plural affix, with the Dutch word mistaken for a singular in English. The -h- was added 1800s to preserve the hard "g" pronunciation.


dill pickle

noundill-flavored pickled cucumber
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