ETYM For older pompion, pompon, Old Fren. pompon, Latin pepo, peponis, from Greek pessein to cook. Related to Cook.
1. A coarse vine widely cultivated for its non-keeping large pulpy round orange fruit with firm orange skin and numerous seeds; subspecies of Cucurbita pepo include the summer squashes and a few autumn squashes.
2. Usually large pulpy deep-yellow round fruit of the squash family maturing in late summer or early autumn.
3. Gourd Cucurbita pepo of the family Cucurbitaceae. The large, spherical fruit has a thick, orange rind, pulpy flesh, and many seeds.