squash

1
[ skwosh, skwawsh ]
/ skwɒʃ, skwɔʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

Origin of squash

1
1555–65; < Middle French esquasser < Vulgar Latin *exquassāre. See ex-1, quash
Related formssquash·er, nounun·squashed, adjective

Definition for squash (2 of 2)

squash

2
[ 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

2
1635–45, Americanism; < Narragansett (E spelling) askútasquash (plural)
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British Dictionary definitions for squash (1 of 2)

squash

1
/ (skwɒʃ) /

verb

noun

Derived Formssquasher, 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)

squash

2
/ (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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