from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several kinds of winter squash (Cucurbita mixta) having a curved neck.
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- n. Cucurbita mixta, the winter squash.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fruit, mostly oblong or crooked, of Cucurbita moschata, sometimes called squash and sometimes pumpkin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. globose or ovoid squash with striped grey and green warty rind
- n. plant bearing squash having globose to ovoid fruit with variously striped grey and green and white warty rinds
Despite their reputation for drought tolerance C. mixta varieties (or cushaw squash) were believed to be strictly hot desert or humid-tropical varieties, unable to mature in our cool climate.
But the cushaw brings real excitement to her voice.
He loved mashed potatoes and peas, cushaw with brown sugar syrup and homemade biscuits and fried apples and I would take him a plate now and then just to find that he'd usually have something waiting for me in return.
So, while you can probably grow butternut, cushaw and a summer squash and have no crossing, your zucchini and Halloween pumpkin will cross.
Plant Nomenclature • Family Cucurbitaceae - Genus Cucurbita • species pepo - summer squash, pumpkin, acorn squash maxima - hubbard, buttercup, kabocha moschata - butternut, Long Island Cheese mixta - variety or cultivar Zephyr, Howden, Tiptop Blue Ballet, bonbon Waltham butternut Green striped cushaw - Also in the Cucurbitaceae family: Cucumis melo
In November, the basement is full of butternut squash, sweet potatoes, white potatoes and cushaw squash.
“Mr. K sent three new kinds of teparies,” my father was saying, “plus a cushaw squash I don’t think we’ve seen before, some kind of gourd seeds, and a sixty-day corn—all late-season varieties to plant before the rains.”
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