winter squash


Definition of winter squash

: any of various hard-shelled squashes (such as acorn squash, cushaw, or Hubbard squash) that can be stored for several months and belong to cultivars of several cucurbit species (especially Cucurbita maxima, C. moschata, and C. pepo)

Examples of winter squash in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Especially increasing are Brussels sprouts and various winter squash and pumpkins. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what will be at farmers markets over Labor Day weekend," 29 Aug. 2019 Dark Star’ and ‘Costa Romanesco’ zucchini, and ‘Zeppelin’ winter squash., "Trial gardens show vegetables can be grown without irrigation," 11 June 2019 Look for plenty of Romanesco cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, winter squash, sugar pumpkins, parsnips, cabbage, beets, potatoes and greens. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "'Piles and piles’: Fresh Alaska vegetables are plentiful at farmers markets," 5 Sep. 2019 Zucchini may be a good gateway plant to dry gardening, but others to try are: tomatoes, potatoes, melons, winter squash, dry beans, corn, and grapes., "Trial gardens show vegetables can be grown without irrigation," 11 June 2019 In my own little plot, all the cucurbits — zucchini, winter squash and cucumbers — have take on an extraordinary vigor. Washington Post, "Heavy rains can damage a vegetable garden — but the gardener can protect it," 24 July 2019 Though a surprising fact for some, technically, pumpkins are a winter squash in the family Cucurbitaceae, along with cucumbers, zucchini, and melons. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "Planting Pumpkin Seeds 101: How to Grow Pumpkins," 1 July 2019 Dwarf or bush forms of larger vegetables such as tomatoes, pumpkins, and winter squash are most suited to container gardening. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 Acorn Squash Shaped like its namesake, these popular winter squash are reliable performers. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "16 Types of Squash and Everything You Need to Know About Them," 28 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of winter squash

1771, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of winter squash

US : any one of several vegetables (such as acorn squashes and butternut squashes) that are grown until their shell and seeds are hard and that can be stored for several months

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