Definitions

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

  • noun Any of several varieties of the melon Cucumis melo, such as the cantaloupe, having fruit characterized by a netted rind and edible flesh with a musky aroma.
  • noun The fruit of any of these plants.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A well-known plant, Cucumis Melo, and its fruit.

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

  • noun (Bot.) The fruit of a cucurbitaceous plant (Cucumis Melo) of the gourd family, having a peculiar aromatic flavor, and cultivated in many varieties, the principal sorts being the cantaloupe, of oval form and yellowish flesh, and the smaller nutmeg melon with greenish flesh. See Illust. of melon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A type of melon, Cucumis melo reticulatus, with sweet orange flesh and a rough skin resembling netting. Also known as cantaloupe.

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

  • noun any of several varieties of vine whose fruit has a netted rind and edible flesh and a musky smell
  • noun the fruit of a muskmelon vine; any of several sweet melons related to cucumbers

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Examples

  • The muskmelon was the largest, measuring eighteen in length, fifteen around the small end and nineteen around the large end.

    Narcissa Whitman's Journal

  • Only the cantaloupe, properly called the muskmelon, matures fast enough - in 75 to 85 days - to be suitable for planting in areas with shorter growing seasons.

    Reader's Digest

  • The sucker arrived all decked out in a gray suit and stomp boots, with arajhat stuck on his head that looked more like the rind of a muskmelon shagged from some dumpster.

    The Invasion Of Iraq

  • Shading to emphasize the round fullness of a muskmelon.

    The Kitchen Daughter

  • Shading to emphasize the round fullness of a muskmelon.

    The Kitchen Daughter

  • His heart was as hard and big as a muskmelon in his chest, hammering against his ribs, bursting with adrenaline, his strength almost superhuman.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • His heart was as hard and big as a muskmelon in his chest, hammering against his ribs, bursting with adrenaline, his strength almost superhuman.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • His heart was as hard and big as a muskmelon in his chest, hammering against his ribs, bursting with adrenaline, his strength almost superhuman.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • His heart was as hard and big as a muskmelon in his chest, hammering against his ribs, bursting with adrenaline, his strength almost superhuman.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • What you'd really like is a Tollhouse cookie or some muskmelon, cut into chunks.

    Cancer Arm

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