noun, plural zuc·chi·ni, zuc·chi·nis.
- a variety of summer squash that is shaped like a cucumber and that has a smooth, dark-green skin.
- the plant bearing this fruit.
noun plural -ni or -nis
- a small variety of vegetable marrow, cooked and eaten as a vegetableAlso called (esp in Britain): courgette
1929, from Italian, plural of zucchino, diminutive of zucca “gourd, squash,” perhaps from Late Latin cucutia, which is of unknown origin.