Zucchini is a long, green squash, a vegetable that's especially common in backyard gardens during the summer months. In England, it's more common to call zucchinis "courgettes."

Officially, zucchini (like all squash) is considered a fruit, a large berry that grows as part of a flower. However, cooks generally treat it as a vegetable, preparing it in savory recipes ranging from baked zucchini with cheese and tomato sauce to pasta-like zucchini "noodles" to sauteed zucchini with butter and garlic. You can also shred zucchini and bake it into sweet breads and cakes. The word comes from the Italian zucca, "gourd or squash."

Definitions of zucchini
  1. noun
    marrow squash plant whose fruit are eaten when small
    synonyms: courgette
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    type of:
    marrow, marrow squash, vegetable marrow
    any of various squash plants grown for their elongated fruit with smooth dark green skin and whitish flesh
  2. noun
    small cucumber-shaped vegetable marrow; typically dark green
    synonyms: courgette
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    type of:
    summer squash
    any of various fruits of the gourd family that mature during the summer; eaten while immature and before seeds and rind harden
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