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

  • n. See honeydew melon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A vine of the genus Benincasa cultivated throughout Asia.
  • n. A green, fuzzy melon fruit taken from this vine that has sweet white flesh.

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

  • n. any of a variety of muskmelon vines having fruit with a smooth white rind and white or greenish flesh that does not have a musky smell
  • n. the fruit of the winter melon vine; a green melon with pale green to orange flesh that keeps well


Translation of Chinese (Mandarin) dōngguā : dōng, winter + guā, melon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Mandarin 冬瓜 (dōngguā) winter melon. (Wiktionary)


  • Cold winter melon soup, gosling salad with raspberry vinegar, a nice sweetbread and truffles teaser, pike and crayfish quenelles, blackened chicken with ze leetle tiny pink peppercorns, the always chi-chi pasta pesto, of course, and to top it off, lightly baked goat cheese and a daring cucumber-pineapple sorbet.

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