from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a genus of vines including the watermelons (Citrullus lanata).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of cucurbitaceous plants.
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- n. a dicot genus of the family Cucurbitaceae including watermelons
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Elsewhere in the inter-montane areas, the vegetation is sparse, mainly Fagonia bruguieri, Zygophyllum simplex, Cornulaca monocantha, Citrullus colocynthis, Tephrosia and Indigofera spp. and the grasses Stipagrostis pungens and S. plumosa.
The creeping tsamma melons (Citrullus lanatus), gemsbok cucumbers (Acanthosicyos naudinianus), and wild cucumbers (Cucumis africanus) are important sources of water and food for both humans and animals.
Watermelon The watermelon is a distant relative of the other melons, the fruit of an African vine, Citrullus lanatus, whose wild relatives are very bitter.
Cover photographs (clockwise from top left): Vangueria infausta, Acokanthera oppositifolia, Uvaria scheffleri, Citrullus lanatus, Nymphaea nouchali,
Citrullus lanatus water melon large towns countrywide
Egusi, Citrullus lanatus ssp. colocynthoides, looks like a watermelon while growing, but the white flesh of the round, over 6-inch diameter fruits is bitter and inedible.
Egusi (Citrullus lanatus ssp. colocynthoides) looks like a watermelon while growing.
In West Africa, the seeds of Citrullus lanatus are used as commercial sources of oil (Omidiji, 1977).
In Sierra Leone, ogiri is produced by moist solid fermentation of sesame seeds, a process similar to Nigerian ogiri, which is made from fermented melon seeds (Citrullus vulgaris) (7) and Dawa-dawa from fermented locust beans (Parlkia filicoidea) (8).
Citrullus colocynthis a creeping plant, occurs in the warmer parts of Asia and Africa.