The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon (πέπων), which is Greek for large melon, something round and large. The French adapted this word to pompon, which the British changed to pumpion.

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Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. Historically, people secured food through two methods: hunting and gathering and agriculture. Today, the majority of the food energy required by the ever increasing population of the world is supplied by the food industry.