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melon, fruit of Cucumis melo, a plant of the family Curcurbitaceae (gourd family) native to Asia and now cultivated extensively in warm regions. There are many varieties, differing in taste, color, and skin texture—e.g., Persian, honeydew, casaba, muskmelon, and cantaloupe. The true cantaloupe (var. cantalupensis), introduced to Cantalupo, Italy, from Armenia, is a hard-shelled or rock melon. It is little grown outside the Mediterranean countries; the cantaloupes of the United States are varieties of the muskmelon. Melon is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Violales, family Curcurbitaceae.

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mel·on / ˈmelən/ • n. 1. the large round fruit of a plant of the gourd family, with sweet pulpy flesh and many seeds. ∎  the edible flesh of such fruit: a slice of melon. 2. the Old World plant (Cucumis melo subsp. melo) that yields this fruit. 3. Zool. a mass of waxy material in the head of dolphins and other toothed whales, thought to focus acoustic signals.

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melon Annual vine and its large, fleshy edible fruit. Melons grow in warm temperate and subtropical climates. The cantaloupe melon, with its rough skin, probably originated in Armenia; the smoother yellow rind honeydew, in se Asia. The large, dark green watermelon, with its red watery flesh, is believed to have come from Africa. Family Cucurbitaceae.

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melon Gourds, sweet fruit of Cucurmis melo. A 200‐g portion is a rich source of vitamin C (melons with orange or yellow flesh are a rich source of carotene); a source of vitamin B6; provides 2 g of dietary fibre; supplies 45 kcal (190 kJ). The water melon is Citrullis vulgaris, jelly or horned melon is kiwano.

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melon XIV. — (O)F.:- late L. mēlō, -ōn-, shortening of mēlopepō — Gr. mēlopépōn, f. mêlon apple + pépōn, sb. use of pépōn ripe.

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melon (Cucumis melo) See CUCURBITACEAE.

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