squash (v.)

"to crush, squeeze," early 14c., squachen, from Old French esquasser, escasser "to crush, shatter, destroy, break," from Vulgar Latin *exquassare, from Latin ex "out" (see ex-) + quassare "to shatter" (see quash "to crush"). Related: Squashed; squashing.

squash (n.1)

gourd fruit, 1640s, shortened borrowing from Narraganset (Algonquian) askutasquash, literally "the things that may be eaten raw," from askut "green, raw, uncooked" + asquash "eaten," in which the -ash is a plural affix (compare succotash).

squash (n.2)

1610s, "act of squashing," from squash (v.). The racket game called by that name 1899; earlier (1886) it was the name of the soft rubber ball used in it.

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Definitions of squash from WordNet
squash (n.)
any of numerous annual trailing plants of the genus Cucurbita grown for their fleshy edible fruits;
Synonyms: squash vine
squash (n.)
edible fruit of a squash plant; eaten as a vegetable;
squash (n.)
a game played in an enclosed court by two or four players who strike the ball with long-handled rackets;
Synonyms: squash racquets / squash rackets
squash (v.)
to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition;
Synonyms: crush / squelch / mash / squeeze