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

  • n. The fruit of any of various related plants, such as the cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumber, squash, pumpkin, and melon, having a hard or leathery rind, fleshy pulp, and numerous flattened seeds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fruit of plants of the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, possessing a hard rind and producing many seeds in a single, central, pulpy chamber.
  • n. A plant producing such a fruit.


Latin pepō, a kind of melon, from Greek pepōn, ripe; see pekw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pepō, from Ancient Greek πέπων (pepōn, "large melon"), from πέπων (pepōn, "ripe"), from πέπτω (peptō, "ripen"). Compare pumpkin. (Wiktionary)



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