gherkin


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gherkin \Gher"kin\ (g[~e]r"k[i^]n), n. [D. agurkje, a dim. akin
   to G. gurke, Dan. agurke; cf. Pol. og['o]rek, Bohem. okurka,
   LGr. 'aggoy`rion watermelon, Ar. al-khiy[=a]r, Per.
   khiy[=a]r.]
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   1. (Bot.) A kind of small, prickly cucumber, much used for
      pickles.
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   2. (Zool.) See Sea gherkin.
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