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 for pumpkin
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pumpkin \Pump"kin\, n. [For older pompion, pompon, OF. pompon,
     L. pepo, peponis, Gr. ?, properly, cooked by the sun, ripe,
     mellow; -- so called because not eaten till ripe. Cf. Cook,
     n.] (Bot.)
     A well-known trailing plant ({Cucurbita pepo) and its fruit,
     -- used for cooking and for feeding stock; a pompion.
     [1913 Webster]
     Pumpkin seed.
     (a) The flattish oval seed of the pumpkin.
     (b) (Zool.) The common pondfish.
         [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: 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 [syn: pumpkin, pumpkin vine,
           autumn pumpkin, Cucurbita pepo]
      2: usually large pulpy deep-yellow round fruit of the squash
         family maturing in late summer or early autumn

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  backup pumpkin
  patch pumpkin
      A humourous term for the token - the object
     (notional or real) that gives its possessor (the "pumpking" or
     the "pumpkineer") exclusive access to something, e.g. applying
     patches to a master copy of source (for which the pumpkin
     is called a "patch pumpkin").
     Chip Salzenberg  wrote:
     David Croy once told me once that at a previous job, there was
     one tape drive and multiple systems that used it for backups.
     But instead of some high-tech exclusion software, they used a
     low-tech method to prevent multiple simultaneous backups: a
     stuffed pumpkin.  No one was allowed to make backups unless
     they had the "backup pumpkin".

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