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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, French explorer Jacques Cartier was 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.
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 variants and local names for all kinds of Cucurbitaceae... Source,:Ivan S. Thiverval-Grignon, France
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