Courgette comes from the French name of the vegetable, with the same spelling. It is a diminutive of courge, meaning ‘marrow’. Zucchini is the plural of zucchino (IPA: /tsuk'kino/), the Italian for courgette (alongside the more common zucchina), in turn a diminutive of zucca, ‘marrow’.
A zucchini or courgette is a small summer marrow or squash. It can either be yellow or green and has a similar shape to a ridged cucumber. Unlike the cucumber it is usually served cooked. Its flower can be eaten fried or stuffed. It is one of the easiest vegetables to cultivate in a temperate climate.