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squash

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[ skwosh, skwawsh ]
/ skwɒʃ, skwɔʃ /
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verb (used without object)
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Origin of squash

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English squachen, squatche “destroy, smash,” from Old French esquacher, esquasser, from Vulgar Latin exquassāre. (unrecorded), equivalent to ex- intensive prefix + quassāre “to shake”; see ex-1, quash

OTHER WORDS FROM squash

squasher, nounun·squashed, adjective

Other definitions for squash (2 of 2)

squash2
[ skwosh, skwawsh ]
/ skwɒʃ, skwɔʃ /

noun, plural squash·es, (especially collectively) squash.
the fruit of any of various vinelike, tendril-bearing plants belonging to the genus Curcurbita, of the gourd family, as C. moschata or C. pepo, used as a vegetable.
any of these plants.

Origin of squash

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An Americanism dating back to 1635–45; from Narragansett (English spelling) askútasquash (plural)
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British Dictionary definitions for squash (1 of 2)

squash1
/ (skwɒʃ) /

verb
noun

Derived forms of squash

squasher, noun

Word Origin for squash

C16: from Old French esquasser, from Vulgar Latin exquassāre (unattested), from Latin ex- 1 + quassāre to shatter

British Dictionary definitions for squash (2 of 2)

squash2
/ (skwɒʃ) /

noun plural squashes or squash US and Canadian
any of various marrow-like cucurbitaceous plants of the genus Cucurbita, esp C. pepo and C. moschata, the fruits of which have a hard rind surrounding edible flesh
the fruit of any of these plants, eaten as a vegetable

Word Origin for squash

C17: from Narraganset askutasquash, literally: green vegetable eaten green
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