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Definition: MELON from A Dictionary of Entomology

Noun. (Old French, melon < Latin, melonem, melopeponem = pumpkin < Greek, melopepon = gourd-apple. PL, Melons.) 1. Any of numerous fruits of gourd family with a hard rind and sweet, juicy flesh. 2. Any of various fruit of cucurbitaceous vines (cantaloupes; cucumbers; muskmelons; watermelons.)

Summary Article: melon
from The Macmillan Encyclopedia

An annual trailing vine, Cucumis melo, native to tropical Africa but widely cultivated for its edible fruits. Melon plants have coarse hairy five- to seven-lobed leaves, yellow or orange cup-shaped flowers, and round or oval fruits, up to 4 kg in weight, with tough skins and sweet juicy flesh surrounding a core of seeds. Varieties include the muskmelon, with a net-veined skin and pinkish orange flesh; the honeydew melon, with smooth whitish or greenish skin and light-green flesh; the canteloupe, with rough warty skin and orange flesh; and a variety produced in Israel with a green skin and sweet green flesh. Family: Cucurbitaceae. See also watermelon.

The Macmillan Encyclopedia, © Market House Books Ltd 2003

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