Definition of pepo in English:


nounPlural pepos

  • Any fleshy watery fruit of the melon or cucumber type, with numerous seeds and a firm rind.

    • ‘Investigators agree that Cucurbita pepo fruits would have been used primarily as containers, or perhaps as rattles, rather than food.’
    • ‘Botanists call the fruits ‘pepos’ and count them, weird though this seems, as ‘berries’.’
    • ‘‘Our research has shown that members of the Cucurbita pepo species, including pumpkins, are particularly effective in this regard,’ he says.’


Mid 19th century: from Latin, literally ‘pumpkin’, from Greek pepōn (from pepōn sikuos ‘ripe gourd’).