Meaning of gherkin

gher•kin

Pronunciation: (gûr'kin), [key]
— n.
  1. the small, immature fruit of a variety of cucumber, used in pickling.
  2. Also calledthe small, spiny fruit of a tropical vine, Cucumis anguria, of the gourd family, used in pickling.
  3. the plant yielding this fruit.
  4. a small pickle, esp. one made from this fruit.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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