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What is the right name for this vegetable (see the picture above)? I usually call it a (vegetable) marrow.

Is it correct to call it a squash? (Pumpkins and courgette are types of squashes, so I would like to avoid any ambiquity.)

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    In AmE, most speakers would say it was a squash. Jun 7 '17 at 10:20

I would like to sound a note of caution in specifying what the vegetable is for a few reasons:

  1. Vegetables can often be called different things in different places.
  2. It is difficult to get a sense of the size of the vegetable from the photo.
  3. There are a few different varieties with a similar appearance, I am not able to tell you for certain which one it is.

To me as a Brit, that vegetable looks like (and I would call it) a courgette (I assume it would be zucchini in AmE, but I could be wrong). Courgettes can come in a few different colours, including dark green (the most common), light green and yellow. It could also be a spaghetti squash, or a courgette-spaghetti squash hybrid, but this is not a variety I have ever come across or heard of before (other than on Wikipedia while researching this answer).

It could be called a marrow, but marrows are much bigger (at least in the UK, they are essentially large courgettes) and it doesn't look that big. Most British people would mainly associate a dark green variety with the word marrow.

I would never call it simply a squash, even it is technically one, because to me (and most Brits) that means a butternut squash.


This type of plant is called "a squash" and the one shown in the image is "a marrow"

Wikipedia says that this variety of squash is called Zucchini (/zuːˈkiːniː/, American English) or courgette (/kʊərˈʒɛt/, British English), however, I disagree, it doesn't look like Zucchini at all.

Ps. In Russian it is "Кабачок"

  • It's not a zucchini, since zucchini are dark green. I agree with you on this.
    – Yulia
    Jun 7 '17 at 10:53
  • That's exactly why I disagree with Wikipedia. Jun 7 '17 at 10:54
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    It looks like a courgette/zucchini to me, they come in a few different colours.
    – user42526
    Jun 7 '17 at 12:28

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