from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A variety of melon (Cucumis melo) having a tan rind with netlike ridges and sweet fragrant orange flesh.
  • noun Any of several other similar melons.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A muskmelon of several varieties, having when mature, a yellowish skin, and flesh of a reddish orange color.

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  • noun Australia, US A type of melon, Cucumis melo reticulatus, with sweet orange flesh and a rough skin resembling netting; also known as muskmelon or rockmelon.

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

  • noun a variety of muskmelon vine having fruit with a tan rind and orange flesh
  • noun the fruit of a cantaloup vine; small to medium-sized melon with yellowish flesh


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

[French cantaloup, from Italian cantalupo (after Cantalupo, a former papal villa near Rome where it was first cultivated in Europe after introduction from Armenia).]

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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.



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  • Interesting etymology:

    Origin: 1730–40; < F, allegedly after Cantaluppi, a papal estate near Rome where cultivation of this melon is said to have begun in Europe, though a comparable Italian word is not attested until much later than the French word, and Cantaloup, a village in Languedoc, has also been proposed as the source.

    February 9, 2007