• WordNet 3.6
    • n melon any of numerous fruits of the gourd family having a hard rind and sweet juicy flesh
    • n melon any of various fruit of cucurbitaceous vines including: muskmelons; watermelons; cantaloupes; cucumbers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cataloupes are named after the gardens of Cantaloupe, Italy where some belive this melon was first grown
    • Melon (Zoöl) A large, ornamental, marine, univalve shell of the genus Melo.
    • Melon (Bot) The juicy fruit of certain cucurbitaceous plants, as the muskmelon, watermelon, and citron melon; also, the plant that produces the fruit.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The fruit of the Cacao tree grow directly from the trunk. They look like small melons, and the pulp inside contains 20 to 50 seeds or beans. It takes about 400 beans to make a pound of chocolate.
    • n melon A herbaceous succulent trailing annual plant, Cucumis Melo, natural order Cucurbitaceæ, or its fruit, the muskmelon. The plant is not known in a wild state, but its origin was referred by De Candolle to the region of the southern Caspian. It has been cultivated from time immemorial in the hot countries of the East, the melons of Persia being specially celebrated, and is now planted wherever there is sufficient summer heat to mature its fruit. The latter at its best is very rich and highly flavored. It is an ellipsoid or globular pepo, the edible part of which is the inner layer of the pericarp, the stringy and watery placentæ with the seeds being rejected. The melon is grown in numberless varieties, as the cantaloup, the nutmeg, etc. In the United States this fruit, in all its forms, is known as muskmelon—melon being applied indifferently to it and the watermelon, or even by preference to the latter. The melon of Numbers xi. 5 is thought by some to have been the watermelon (see def. 2). See cantaloup and Cucumis.
    • n melon The watermelon, Citrullus vulgaris.
    • n melon A melon-shell.
    • n melon A hemispherical mass of blubber taken from the top of the head of the black-fish, grampus, and related cetaceans; melon-blubber. The melon reaches from the spout-hole to the end of the nose, and from the top of the head down to the upper jaw.
    • n melon Same as pademelon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The tomato is not just a fruit, but it is a berry along with the cucumber, squash, and melon.
    • n Melon mel′un a kind of cucumber and its fruit, which in shape resembles an apple.
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  • Claude Mermet
    Claude Mermet
    “Friends are like melons; shall I tell you why? To find one good you must one hundred try.”
  • Barbara Streisand
    Barbara Streisand
    “Success to me is having ten honeydew melons and eating only the top half of each one.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. melo, for melopepo, an apple-shaped melon, Gr. mhlope`pwn ; mh^lon apple + pe`pwn a species of large melon; cf. L. malum, apple. Cf. Marmalade
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. melo, -onis—Gr. mēlon, an apple.


In literature:

There are oranges of many varieties, some of them resembling large melons.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XXII, 1625-29" by Various
Over the bamboos he placed a layer of thin matting, and on this, when Hossain returned, he ordered the coolies to put the melons.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
What species of Melon is that which almost makes up for a scarcity of good water in hot countries?
"A Catechism of Familiar Things; Their History, and the Events Which Led to Their Discovery" by Benziger Brothers
Why not plant melons in January?
"The First Book of Farming" by Charles L. Goodrich
My melons wont grow; there's somethin' the matter with them.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, Nov 1877-Nov 1878" by Various
She was arranging some melon seeds in a rayed circle round the lizard that looked motionlessly at her.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The same may be said of the melons.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
He dawned upon me as Melons.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume I. (of X.)" by Various
There is, besides, a great abundance of wild water-melons, which the people sometimes eat.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
I perceive a pleasant odour resembling melon.
"Cocoa and Chocolate" by Arthur W. Knapp

In poetry:

Gourds, and melons, spread new lustre
On their veiny dull shagreen;
While the starred pomegranates cluster
Golden balls, with pink between.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
A socialist health take should of the adult,
He is stripped of his class in the bathing-suit,
He returns to the children digging at summer,
A melon-like fruit.
"Far Rockaway" by Delmore Schwartz
Beneath the vine tree and the fig
Where mortal cares may not intrude,
On melon and on sucking pig
Although their brains are bright and big
Banquet the Great White Brotherhood.
"The Disciples" by Aleister Crowley
But on the neatest thing he hed
Around the place or dwellin',
I guess he never paid a red
Of taxes. No mush melon
Was rounder, sweeter, pinker than
The old Man's daughter, Minta Ann.
"The Deacon And His Daughter" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Now the vintage feast is done, now the melons glow
Gold along the raftered thatch beneath a thread of snow.
Dian's bugle bids the dawn sweep the upland clear,
Where we snared the silken fawn, where we ran the deer.
"The Little Fauns To Proserpine" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall
You don't want no punkins nigh your wortermelon
'Cause, some-way-another, they'll spile your melons,
I've seed 'em taste like punkins, from the core to the rines,
Which may be a fact you have heerd of before
"Wortermelon Time" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Orthene) and endosulfan in cotton, and to defend the use of diazinon in lettuce and melons .
Whiteflies and CYSDV continue to cause serious economic problems on fall melons .
My buddy Ru was the only person who had any interesting ideas on what to do with melons .
Melon , Cucumber and Tomato Salad.
We're Wild Over Kate Bosworth's Melon Lip Color.
Vietnamese Shrimp and Green Melon Salad.
Taste for the unexpected suits melon salad with basil, pepper.
Their small, tubular green melons poke out between the vines, shining in the hot afternoon sun.
More articles tagged by Melon Burst.
The melons came from Jensen Farms in southern Colorado, which recalled the cantaloupes Sept 14.
The tainted melons were traced to Colorado.
William E Keene helped lead an investigation into a disease outbreak linked to melons .
This year due to the lack of rain and the excessive heat, the crop was on the down side, but the melons presented both for judging and for consumption were fantastic.
And early on the melons were cold and juicy.
ST LOUIS — Schnuck Markets invited shoppers to participate in A Kiss of Sunshine promotion here recently, giving them a taste of three new melons they may not have had the opportunity to try before.

In science:

Along this surface γ = 1/2 and it shows the universality of the critical behavior of pure random melonic lattices observed in .
Multicritical tensor models and hard dimers on spherical random lattices
One has two vertices connected by d lines, with all colors but, say, 0, and with (melonic) 2-point insertions on each line: this is a melon.
Coupling of hard dimers to dynamical lattices via random tensors
One also has some (melonic) 2-point insertions on the “external” lines to the melon, with color 0.
Coupling of hard dimers to dynamical lattices via random tensors
The latter inherit the colors of the melonic lines.
Coupling of hard dimers to dynamical lattices via random tensors
The tree vertex has a line of color 0 which comes from its parent: it represents the line of color 0 adjacent to the black vertex of the melon.
Coupling of hard dimers to dynamical lattices via random tensors