acorn squash


: an acorn-shaped dark green winter squash (Cucurbita pepo) with a ridged surface and mildly sweet yellow to orange flesh

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Examples of acorn squash in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This year’s new varieties include ‘Marmalade Skies,’ an orange tomato that resists blight and ‘Honey Bun’ acorn squash, a striking, variegated dumpling squash that resists powdery mildew. Leanne Potts, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Jan. 2024 Unlike other winter squash varieties, the skin of acorn squash is tender and flavorful, so there's no need to peel this vegetable before roasting. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, 2 Sep. 2023 Winter squash varieties such as acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, and sugar pumpkins are chock full of vitamin C and the heart healthy mineral potassium. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, 2 Sep. 2023 Here, chicken nestles alongside tender, sweet acorn squash and caramelizes with maple syrup and chipotle spices. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 5 Sep. 2023 Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 7 Acorn Squash Acorns Turning acorn squash into oversize acorns—why not? Kate McGregor, House Beautiful, 10 Aug. 2023 Use acorn squash for breakfast by slicing one in half, baking it until tender, then stuffing it with tasty (breakfast-y) items like Greek yogurt, pecans, and cinnamon. Women's Health, 11 July 2023 Sauternes and Barsac also work well with fried or roast chicken, brined and grilled pork chops, and pasta or risotto made with butternut or acorn squash. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 25 Apr. 2023 Prep it like you would an acorn squash. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 23 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of acorn squash was in 1824

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“Acorn squash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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acorn squash

: an acorn-shaped winter squash with ridges on its dark green outer surface and somewhat sweet yellow to orange flesh
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