A coarse vine widely cultivated for its 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. Synonyms:autumn pumpkin, Cucurbita pepo, pumpkin.
... name from a water-power mill near by. This was on a branch of a stream having, I am sorry to say, the prosaic name of Pumpkin Vine Creek. I have my own reasons for suggesting that the name of that water-course ... — The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce • Ambrose Bierce