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

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Once the rice is toasted, add the cumin, chili powder, oregano, bell pepper, zucchini, corn, black beans, salt, tomato puree and stock. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Melissa Copeland’s veggie-rich Mexican rice: a meal in itself," 3 Sep. 2019 The farm harvests fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the growing season, with produce ranging from green beans, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes to, of course, corn! Melissa Whatley, baltimoresun.com, "Cockeysville groups get their hands dirty to help the hungry," 3 Sep. 2019 Also look for cabbage, zucchini, snow apple turnips, rutabaga, radishes, peppers and cherry tomatoes, alongside loads of greens and herbs. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what will be at farmers markets over Labor Day weekend," 29 Aug. 2019 Remove the pan from the heat and fold in the peas, zucchini, chicken, potatoes and sage. ExpressNews.com, "Wednesday Recipe: Cast-Iron Chicken Pot Pie," 28 Aug. 2019 Festivals for all sorts set sail Live music, arts and crafts, zucchini, Polynesian boat races and Assyrian culture are in the offing in a busy weekend of Bay Area festivals, Aug. 15-18, Here’s a look. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Arts, culture, canoes and — gadzooks — zucchini star in Bay Area weekend festivals," 12 Aug. 2019 What's more, depending on the brand, these burgers are made with real veggies, like onions, carrots, mushrooms, zucchini, green and red bell peppers, quinoa and brown rice. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "They might be better for the planet, but are plant-based burgers good for you?," 9 Aug. 2019 This summer, the tartine features ricotta, zucchini blossoms, and cherry tomatoes. Birmingham Magazine, al, "Birmingham City Bite: Chez Fonfon Tartine," 2 Aug. 2019 The $39 Spice dinner will be offered Sunday-Thursday and features starters such as tomato gazpacho or ricotta and spinach stuffed zucchini blossoms. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Trouble sorting out 250 Miami Spice options? Try these 9 restaurants," 1 Aug. 2019

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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 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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