zuc·chi·ni | \zu̇-ˈkē-nē \
plural zucchini or zucchinis

Definition of zucchini 

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

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Simple pastas dressed with vegetables, fennel au gratin, typically soupy risottos, a zucchini and mint frittata, and peaches in amaretto syrup are some standouts, and her fig-and-mascarpone cake, and pine nut-and-custard tart are first-rate. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Venice, Without the Tourists," 2 July 2018 In a mini blender combine 1 cup of 100% tomato juice, half of a medium fresh zucchini, 1 tablespoon of juice from all natural jarred olives, ⅛ teaspoon Italian herb seasoning, 1/16 teaspoon ground black pepper, and 1/16 teaspoon crushed red pepper. Health.com, "6 Mocktail Recipes That Make Happy Hour Way Healthier," 12 July 2018 Meanwhile, brush zucchini, eggplant, peppers, and red onion with oil and season with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Grilled Ratatouille Linguine," 21 June 2018 Thread zucchini, squash, and peppers onto separate skewers. Kristina Kurek, Country Living, "Vegetable Kebabs with Lemon-Scallion Vinaigrette," 13 June 2018 Pooja Patel didn’t mind crying from chopping the onion and Sophia Christinzio shredded the zucchini. Lorrie Craley, Philly.com, "Time to showcase a semester of cooking skills," 3 May 2018 Add bell pepper, zucchini, garlic, jalapeño and black beans. Caron Golden, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Inspiring tomorrow’s home cooks," 12 Mar. 2018 Not only does Balompie make the traditional bean-and-cheese and cheese-and-loroco pupusas, served with a heap of oregano-flecked slaw, the menu lists vegan pupusas (filled with beans, or spinach and zucchini) that are inherently gluten-free. Jonathan Kauffman, SFChronicle.com, "The Mission’s best vegetarian-friendly restaurants," 17 June 2018 Divide half the zucchini between 2 tortillas and top with half the cheese. Christine Albana, Good Housekeeping, "Zucchini and Cheese Quesadillas," 4 Dec. 2017

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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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zuc·chi·ni | \zu̇-ˈkē-nē \

Kids Definition of zucchini

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

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