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I can probably understand why the plant is called zucchini in the US and courgette in the UK- could be traced to the proximity of the UK to France but how come it's got two different names in Australasia?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zucchini

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Related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/109992/… –  user19148 Jul 7 '13 at 13:51
    
I was unaware that New Zealand was part of the Australian continent. –  tchrist Jul 8 '13 at 0:16
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@tchrist It's part of Australasia which include Australia. Thanks for pointing out the mistake. –  misensalem Jul 8 '13 at 12:32

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Depends whether you have more Italian (zucchini) or French/English (courgette) immigrants. I suspect that New Zealand only had English immigrants who used the English term - which was originally from French.

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