Squash (n.)

Squash (n.)


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Definition

Squash

noun
An edible gourd fruit.

History & Etymology

I’ve never liked eating squash, and eating it raw sounds even worse than eating it cooked, but that’s exactly what the word means. Squash is an abbreviation of a Native American word asquutasquash. This word was first documented in english by Roger Williams the founder of Rhode Island. It from the Narragansett tribe who originally occupied much of the space where Rhode Island now is.

Now usually I’d go a little bit further back into the history of the word and what family and area it comes from, but that’s when the languages are European in origin. The histories aren’t quite as readily available with Native American languages. I’m sure they’re out there, and I’ll find the one day. But I was able to find that the Narragansett language is a member of the Algonquian family which covered a large chunk of the North American continent.

Sources

https://www.etymonline.com/word/squash#etymonline_v_21933

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/squash

http://0-www.oed.com.catalog.multcolib.org/view/Entry/188231?rskey=tfs6Jp&result=2#eid

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algonquian_peoples

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narragansett%2C_Rhode_Island

For pronunciation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEOM40LNHD0

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