squash

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.

Primary Meanings of squash

1.
n
any of numerous annual trailing plants of the genus Cucurbita grown for their fleshy edible fruits
2.
vn
to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
a game played in an enclosed court by two or four players who strike the ball with long-handled rackets
Full Definitions of squash
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n any of numerous annual trailing plants of the genus Cucurbita grown for their fleshy edible fruits

Synonyms:
squash vine
Types:
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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
Type of:
vine
a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface

n 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
cocozelle
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
cushaw
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
Type of:
veg, vegetable, veggie
edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant
2

v to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition

Synonyms:
crush, mash, squeeze, squelch
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wring
twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid
stamp
crush or grind with a heavy instrument
steamroller
crush with a steamroller as if to level
tread
crush as if by treading on
telescope
crush together or collapse
Type of:
press
exert pressure or force to or upon

n 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
Type of:
court game
an athletic game played on a court

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