summer squash


: any of various squashes that are cultivars of a variety (Cucurbita pepo var. melopepo) and are used as a vegetable while immature and before hardening of the seeds and rind

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Step aside zoodles — these cheesy bites might be our new favorite way to use up surplus summer squash. Stefani Sassos, M.s., R.d.n., C.s.o., C.d.n., Good Housekeeping, 17 Nov. 2022 Cut off the stem ends of the zucchini and summer squash and cut the stem end off the bell pepper; reserve these bits. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 Squash tacos can be filled with summer squash and zucchini when those vegetables are in season, or hard squash varieties, such as butternut, kabocha or delicata, during colder months. Casey Barber, CNN, 4 Oct. 2022 Gorditas, made of blue corn masa, fava bean puree, guacamole, salsa fresca, summer squash pico and cilantro, are $15. Lois K. Solomon, Sun Sentinel, 4 Oct. 2022 Keep harvesting maturing vegetables such as summer squash and tomatoes. Carol Stocker,, 31 July 2022 Some variations are made with potatoes and other roots, leafy greens and a variety of summer squash. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2022 Recently, one of Shuggies’ suppliers approached them with an excess of summer squash. WIRED, 30 Sep. 2022 The sweetness of summer squash makes for an excellent pickle. Asha Loupy, Bon Appétit, 29 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of summer squash was in 1801

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“Summer squash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

summer squash


: any of various garden squashes closely related to the pumpkins and used as a vegetable while immature and before hardening of the seeds and rind
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