squash /ˈskwɑʃ, ˈskwɔʃ/
squash /ˈskwɑʃ, ˈskwɔʃ/ 名詞
Squash n. Zool. An American animal allied to the weasel. [Obs.]
Squash, n. Bot. A plant and its fruit of the genus Cucurbita, or gourd kind.
Note: ☞ The species are much confused. The long-neck squash is called Cucurbita verrucosa, the Barbary or China squash, Cucurbita moschata, and the great winter squash, Cucurbita maxima, but the distinctions are not clear.
Squash beetle Zool., a small American beetle (Diabrotica vittata, syn. Galeruca vittata) which is often abundant and very injurious to the leaves of squash, cucumber, etc. It is striped with yellow and black. The name is applied also to other allied species.
Squash bug Zool., a large black American hemipterous insect (Coreus tristis syn. Anasa tristis) injurious to squash vines.
Squash, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Squashed p. pr. & vb. n. Squashing.] To beat or press into pulp or a flat mass; to crush.
1. Something soft and easily crushed; especially, an unripe pod of pease.
Not yet old enough for a man, nor young enough for a boy; as a squash is before 't is a peascod. --Shak.
2. Hence, something unripe or soft; -- used in contempt. “This squash, this gentleman.”
3. A sudden fall of a heavy, soft body; also, a shock of soft bodies.
My fall was stopped by a terrible squash. --Swift.
n 1: any of numerous annual tendril-bearing trailing plants of
the genus Cucurbita grown for their fleshy edible fruits
[syn: squash vine]
2: edible fruit of a squash plant; eaten as a vegetable
3: a game played in an enclosed court by two or four players
who strike the ball with long-handled rackets [syn: squash
racquets, squash rackets]
v : to compress with violence, out of natural shape or
condition; "crush an aluminum can"; "squeeze a lemon"
[syn: crush, squelch, mash, squeeze]
[also: squashes (pl)]