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a variety of summer squash that is shaped like a cucumber and that has a smooth, dark-green skin.
the plant bearing this fruit.
Contemporary Examples

Garnish each bowl with the beef, shiitakes, zucchini, egg, and some crumbled Kim.
A Korean New Year’s Day Menu Kelly Choi February 9, 2011

Some people also get fancy with their ingredients and make latkes out of sweet potatoes, zucchini or carrots.
Mouth-Watering Potato Pancakes Jacquelynn D. Powers November 30, 2010

Spoon over the zucchini slices and roast at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden.
Perfect Valentine’s Day Feast Lydia Brownlow February 12, 2012

Then add the zucchini, peppers, eggplant, and chilies and cook, stirring for a further 10 minutes.
We Are Off to the Races!! Lydia Brownlow June 6, 2011

Historical Examples

zucchini are a kind of small squash for sale in groceries and markets of the Italian neighborhoods of our large cities.
Practical Italian Recipes for American Kitchens Julia Lovejoy Cuniberti

noun (pl) -ni, -nis
a small variety of vegetable marrow, cooked and eaten as a vegetable Also called (esp in Britain) courgette

1929, from Italian, plural of zucchino, diminutive of zucca “gourd, squash,” perhaps from Late Latin cucutia, which is of unknown origin.


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