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Pumpkins in Many Languages

While pumpkins originated in America, the word has it's "roots" in the french word "pompion" of "pompon", the Greek word "pepon" and Latin "Pepon". In 1584, Jacques Cartier was doing a little exploring along the area of the Saint Lawerence River and happened upon the pumpkin, hence it's French roots.

Listed below are the translation of the word "Pumpkin" into dozens of languages? Do you know a translation not listed here? If so, please send it to us with our thanks.

"Pumpkin" in Other Languages
Afrikaans Pampoen
Arabic Kara' Safra
Aramaic Kraa

Czech Republic

dýne(deenye)

Chinese(Mandarin)

Nangua

Denmark

Graeske

English

Pumpkin

Esperanto Kukurbo

French (1)

Potiron or "Citrouille"

German

Kuerbis or Kürbis

Greek PepOn
Holland(Dutch) Pompoen
India(Hindi) Kaddu

India(Marathi)

Lal Bhopala

Irish Puimcin
Israel(Hebrew) Dla'at

Italian

Zucca

Japan

Kabocha

Latin

Cucurbita

Malayasia

Labu

Native American Isquotersquash

Pakistan(Urdu)

Patha

Poland Dynia

Portugal

Abobora

Russia

Tikba

Spanish

Calabaza

Sweden Pumpa

Turkey

Kabak

Yugoslavia

Ludaja

Notes:

1. Franch: Potiron and citrouille are not strictly equivalent but not really well-defined. 'Potiron' is usually larger in size than 'citrouille'. Both are Cucrbita pepo, anyway. There are of course several variant and local names for all kinds of Cucurbitaceae... Source,:Ivan S. Thiverval-Grignon, France


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