from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several varieties of two related vines (Cucumis melo or Citrullus lanatus) widely cultivated for their edible fruit.
  • n. The fruit of any of these plants, having a hard rind and juicy flesh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various fruits of the family Cucurbitaceae grown for food, generally not including the cucumber.
  • n. A light pinkish orange colour, like that of some melon flesh.
  • n. Breasts.
  • n. The head.
  • adj. Of a light pinkish orange colour, like that of melon flesh.
  • n. The result of heptazine being polymerized with the tri-s-triazine units linked through an amine (NH) link.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The juicy fruit of certain cucurbitaceous plants, as the muskmelon, watermelon, and citron melon; also, the plant that produces the fruit.
  • n. A large, ornamental, marine, univalve shell of the genus Melo.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A herbaceous succulent trailing annual plant, Cucumis Melo, natural order Cucurbitaceæ, or its fruit, the muskmelon.
  • n. The watermelon, Citrullus vulgaris.
  • n. A melon-shell.
  • n. A hemispherical mass of blubber taken from the top of the head of the black-fish, grampus, and related cetaceans; melon-blubber.
  • n. Same as pademelon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous fruits of the gourd family having a hard rind and sweet juicy flesh
  • n. any of various fruit of cucurbitaceous vines including: muskmelons; watermelons; cantaloupes; cucumbers


Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin mēlō, mēlōn-, short for Latin mēlopepō, from Greek mēlopepōn : mēlon, apple + pepōn, gourd.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French melon, from Medieval Latin melonem, from Latin melopeponem ("type of pumpkin"), from Ancient Greek μηλοπέπων (mēlopepōn), from μῆλον (mēlon, "apple") + πέπων (pepōn, "ripe"). (Wiktionary)



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