from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A variety of melon (Cucumis melo var. reticulatus) having a tan rind with netlike ridges and a sweet fragrant orange flesh.
- n. Any of several other related or similar melons.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of melon, Cucumis melo reticulatus, with sweet orange flesh and a rough skin resembling netting; also known as muskmelon or rockmelon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A muskmelon of several varieties, having when mature, a yellowish skin, and flesh of a reddish orange color.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a variety of muskmelon vine having fruit with a tan rind and orange flesh
- n. the fruit of a cantaloup vine; small to medium-sized melon with yellowish flesh
French cantaloup, perhaps from Italian cantalupo (from Cantalupo, a former papal villa near Rome) or from Cantaloup, a village of southern France.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian Cantalupo (a place name), after a former Papal summer estate near Rome, where the melons were first grown after being introduced to Europe. (Wiktionary)