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Cucumbers grow on vines
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Cucumis
Binomial name
Cucumis sativus

The cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is a widely grown plant in the family Cucurbitaceae. This family also includes squash. A cucumber looks similar to a zucchini (British English: courgette).

To a botanist, cucumbers are fruits: that is their biological function. To people they are vegetables: that is their value as a food. They can be cooked, eaten raw, or pickled.