A squash is the edible fruit of squash plant, but it's considered a vegetable in the kitchen, like peppers and tomatoes. As a verb, squash means to compress or mash — like the way your picky little sister might squash the roasted squash on her plate with a fork.

Squash that grows on a vine comes from the Native American Narragansett word askutasquash, "the things that can be eaten raw." The game called squash has nothing to do with this plant or its delicious fruit. This racket sport's name comes from the fact that players hit the soft rubber ball so hard that they squash it.

Definitions of squash
  1. noun
    any of numerous annual trailing plants of the genus Cucurbita grown for their fleshy edible fruits
    synonyms: squash vine
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    Cucurbita pepo, autumn pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin vine
    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
    Cucurbita pepo melopepo, summer squash, summer squash vine
    any of various usually bushy plants producing fruit that is eaten while immature and before the rind or seeds harden
    winter squash, winter squash plant
    any of various plants of the species Cucurbita maxima and Cucurbita moschata producing squashes that have hard rinds and mature in the fall
    yellow squash
    any of various squash plants grown for their yellow fruits with somewhat elongated necks
    marrow, marrow squash, vegetable marrow
    any of various squash plants grown for their elongated fruit with smooth dark green skin and whitish flesh
    cymling, pattypan squash
    squash plant having flattened round fruit with a scalloped edge; usually greenish white
    spaghetti squash
    squash plant bearing oval fruit with smooth yellowish skin and tender stranded flesh resembling spaghetti
    acorn squash
    squash plant bearing small acorn-shaped fruits having yellow flesh and dark green or yellow rind with longitudinal ridges
    Cucurbita maxima, hubbard squash
    any of several winter squash plants producing large greyish-green football-shaped fruit with a rough warty rind
    Cucurbita maxima turbaniformis, turban squash
    squash plants bearing hard-shelled fruit shaped somewhat like a turban with a rounded central portion protruding from the end opposite the stem
    Cucurbita maxima, butternut squash
    plant bearing buff-colored squash having somewhat bottle-shaped fruit with fine-textured edible flesh and a smooth thin rind
    Cucurbita moschata, winter crookneck, winter crookneck squash
    any of various plants bearing squash having hard rinds and elongated recurved necks
    Cucurbita argyrosperma, Cucurbita mixta, cushaw
    plant bearing squash having globose to ovoid fruit with variously striped grey and green and white warty rinds
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    a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
  2. noun
    edible fruit of a squash plant; eaten as a vegetable
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    summer squash
    any of various fruits of the gourd family that mature during the summer; eaten while immature and before seeds and rind harden
    winter squash
    any of various fruits of the gourd family with thick rinds and edible yellow to orange flesh that mature in the fall and can be stored for several months
    yellow squash
    squash having yellow skin and yellowish flesh and usually elongated neck
    courgette, zucchini
    small cucumber-shaped vegetable marrow; typically dark green
    marrow, vegetable marrow
    large elongated squash with creamy to deep green skins
    squash resembling zucchini
    pattypan squash
    round greenish-white squash having one face flattened with a scalloped edge
    spaghetti squash
    medium-sized oval squash with flesh in the form of strings that resemble spaghetti
    acorn squash
    small dark green or yellow ribbed squash with yellow to orange flesh
    butternut squash
    buff-colored squash with a long usually straight neck and sweet orange flesh
    hubbard squash
    large football-shaped winter squash with a warty grey-green rind
    turban squash
    large squash shaped somewhat like a turban usually with a rounded central portion protruding from the blossom end
    globose or ovoid squash with striped grey and green warty rind
    winter crookneck squash
    a squash with a hard rind and an elongated curved neck
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    veg, vegetable, veggie
    edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant
  3. verb
    compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
    synonyms: crush, mash, squeeze, squelch
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    twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid
    crush or grind with a heavy instrument
    crush with a steamroller as if to level
    crush as if by treading on
    crush together or collapse
    type of:
    exert pressure or force to or upon
  4. noun
    a game played in an enclosed court by two or four players who strike the ball with long-handled rackets
    synonyms: squash rackets, squash racquets
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    court game
    an athletic game played on a court
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