Etymology
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melon (n.)

late 14c., meloun, "herbaceous, succulent trailing annual plant," or its sweet, edible fruit, from Old French melon (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin melonem (nominative melo), from Latin melopeponem, a kind of pumpkin, from Greek mēlopepon "gourd-apple" (name for several kinds of gourds bearing sweet fruit), from mēlon "apple" (see malic) + pepon, a kind of gourd, which is probably a noun use of pepon "ripe" (see pumpkin).

Among the earliest plants to be domesticated. In Greek, melon was used in a generic way for all foreign fruits (compare similar use of apple). The Greek plural of "melon" was used from ancient times for "a girl's breasts."

updated on December 20, 2018

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Definitions of melon from WordNet

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