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watermelon, plant (Citrullus vulgaris) of the family Curcurbitaceae (gourd family) native to Africa and introduced to America by Africans transported as slaves. Watermelons are now extensively cultivated in the United States and are popular also in S Russia. The fleshy, juicy fruit is eaten fresh, the rind is pickled, and in Asia the seeds are eaten (the dry wild watermelon was originally domesticated for its seeds). Seedless and thin-rinded cultivated varieties have been developed, and one white-fleshed variety, the citron melon, is used like citron in preserving. Watermelons are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Violales, family Curcurbitaceae.

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wa·ter·mel·on / ˈwôtərˌmelən; ˈwä-/ • n. 1. the large melonlike fruit of a plant of the gourd family, with smooth green skin, red pulp, and watery juice. 2. the widely cultivated African plant (Citrullus lanatus) that yields this fruit.

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watermelon Trailing, annual vine native to tropical Africa and Asia and cultivated in warm areas worldwide. Its edible fruit has a greenish rind, red flesh and many seeds. Family Cucurbitaceae; species Citrullus lanatus. See also gourd

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watermelon Fruit of Citrullus vulgaris, see melon.

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