summer squash

any of several squashes of the variety Cucurbita pepo melopepo, that mature in the late summer or early autumn and are used as a vegetable in an unripe state, before the rind and seeds become hard.

1745–55 Unabridged
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summer squash

1. any of various usually bushy plants producing fruit that is eaten while immature and before the rind or seeds harden 
2. any of various fruits of the gourd family that mature during the summer; eaten while immature and before seeds and rind harden 
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Zucchini, yellow summer squash, and gourds grow together in the garden.
Throw on sliced zucchini or summer squash or eggplant, lightly seasoned.
Summer squash comes in many different shapes and colors.
Both winter and summer squash are perfect ingredients for entrees, appetizers,
  salads and desserts.
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