ca·​la·​ba·​za ˌka-lə-ˈbä-zə How to pronounce calabaza (audio)
: a large winter squash (Cucurbita moschata) that resembles a pumpkin and is typically grown in the West Indies and tropical America

Examples of calabaza in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were stalls in the market selling bundles of cabbage, calabaza, chayote, onion, carrots and cilantro to make the stew. Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2020 The stand will serve meat- and dairy-free Mexican dishes including jackfruit birria and carnitas, enchiladas suizas with calabaza guisado, chilaquiles with vegan cheese and mole poblano with king oyster mushrooms. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2019 Vegetables: Boniato, calabaza, chayote, cherry tomatoes, dasheen, malanga, okra, roselle, southern peas, Seminole pumpkin, sweet cassava, sweet potatoes and yard-long beans. 4. Tom MacCubbin,, 26 May 2018 Vegetables: Boniato, calabaza, cherry tomato, okra, Southern pea, Seminole pumpkin, sweet cassava, roselle, sweet potato and yard-long bean; start transplants of eggplant, peppers and tomatoes from seed in mid July. 4. Tom MacCubbin,, 30 June 2018 Candied pumpkin, calabaza en tacha, is a popular sweet, made from huge green pumpkins grown for this purpose. Judy Walker,, 31 Oct. 2017

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Word History



First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of calabaza was in 1856

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“Calabaza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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