zuc·​chi·​ni | \ zu̇-ˈkē-nē How to pronounce zucchini (audio) \
plural zucchini or zucchinis

Definition of zucchini

: a smooth usually cylindrical dark green summer squash also : a plant that bears zucchini

Examples of zucchini in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stanley dove deep into the history and ingredients of pizza from Naples and then enjoyed spaghetti and zucchini on the Amalfi Coast. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "There's Good and Bad News to Share About 'Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy' Season 2," 28 Mar. 2021 House favorites include the breakfast tacos, enchiladas and gorditas, but long-term patrons will tell you the menu’s hidden gem is the caldo de pollo, laden with giant pieces of carrots, zucchini and chicken. Joanna O'leary, Chron, "Houston's best takes on chicken soup for your post-freeze soul," 23 Feb. 2021 There are more colorful versions, like a Mexican caldo de pollo, zingy with lime, that might feature cabbage, zucchini, garbanzo beans or chunks of corn-on-the-cob — plus lots of cilantro. Dallas News, "A global remedy: Chicken soup recipes from around the world," 20 Nov. 2020 The key to roasting them is to use low heat and allow more time in the oven than vegetables with more moisture, such as eggplant or zucchini. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Pair roasted kohlrabi with beets for an earthy fall salad," 21 Oct. 2020 There are varieties of zucchini developed for growing in containers that don’t sprawl as much as standard varieties. oregonlive, "First-time gardener has a sunny, warm spot all ready to go. Now what? Ask an expert," 27 Mar. 2021 The same goes for vine plants like grapes, large root vegetables, melons and bush plants (like zucchini, for example). Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, "How to start a hydroponic garden," 26 Mar. 2021 Try the gnocchi Sorrentino, linguine and clam sauce, or and stuffed zucchini flowers and caprese salad. Jeanne O'brien Coffey, Forbes, "An Igloo On Boston Harbor And Other Ways To Dine Out Safely In The Hub," 17 Mar. 2021 For example, a single zucchini plant would take up an entire two-foot square plot. Kelly Reilly, Better Homes & Gardens, "8 Common Raised Garden Mistakes You Might Be Making," 10 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of zucchini

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zucchini

Italian, plural of zucchino, diminutive of zucca gourd

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The first known use of zucchini was in 1925

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3 May 2021

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“Zucchini.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zucchini. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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zuc·​chi·​ni | \ zu̇-ˈkē-nē How to pronounce zucchini (audio) \

Kids Definition of zucchini

: a smooth cylinder-shaped green-skinned vegetable that is a type of squash

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