any of several varieties of Cucurbita maxima or C. moschata that mature in late autumn and are used, when ripe, as a vegetable.
What Does “Winter Solstice” Mean?The higher in latitude you are, the more you'll notice that the solstice has the shortest day and longest night of the year.
Origin of winter squash
First recorded in 1740–50
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