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squash 1

 (skwŏsh, skwôsh)
n.
1. Any of various bushy or vining plants of the genus Cucurbita, having unisexual flowers and fleshy edible fruit with a thick rind when mature.
2. The fruit of any of these plants, eaten as a vegetable.

[From alteration of Narragansett askútasquash.]

squash 2

 (skwŏsh, skwôsh)
v. squashed, squash·ing, squash·es
v.tr.
1. To beat, squeeze, or press into a pulp or a flattened mass; crush. See Synonyms at crush.
2. To put down or suppress; quash: squash a revolt.
3. To silence or fluster, as with crushing words: squash a heckler.
v.intr.
1. To become crushed, flattened, or pulpy, as by pressure or impact.
2. To move with a splashing or sucking sound, as when walking through boggy ground.
n.
1.
a. The act or sound of squashing.
b. Something that has been squashed.
2. A crushed or crowded mass: a squash of people.
3. Sports A game played on a four-walled court by two or four players who use long-handled rackets to hit a small rubber ball against the front wall, with play stopping if the ball bounces twice on the floor or does not reach the front wall after a stroke. Also called squash rackets.
4. Chiefly British A citrus-based soft drink.
adv.
With a squashing sound.

[Middle English squachen, from Old French esquasser, from Vulgar Latin *exquassāre : Latin ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + Latin quassāre, to shatter, frequentative of quatere, to shake; see kwēt- in Indo-European roots.]

squash′er n.
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squasher

nSquasher(in) m(f)
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