can·​ta·​loupe | \ ˈkan-tə-ˌlōp How to pronounce cantaloupe (audio) also -ˌlüp \
variants: or less commonly cantaloup

Definition of cantaloupe

1 : a small widely cultivated muskmelon (Cucumis melo reticulatus) with a heavily netted rind and usually orange flesh broadly : muskmelon sense a
2 : a muskmelon (Cucumis melo cantalupensis) with a rough hard warty rind that is not usually grown in North America

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Recent Examples on the Web His first beer, which hit stores in 2019, was Hoppy Hathi, an IPA made with Cashmere, Amarillo and Saphir hops, with cantaloupe and lychee flavors. Susan Dunne,, "Ravi Patel bring flavors of South Asia to craft brews at his Other Desi Beer Co.," 1 Apr. 2021 Dogs can certainly eat cantaloupe, though be sure to cut it into appropriately bite-sized pieces and remove the rind and seeds. Katherine Owen, Southern Living, "What Fruits Can Dogs Eat?," 27 Feb. 2021 Prosciutto also forms a delicious salty contrast to fresh vegetables or fruits when wrapped around lightly cooked but firm asparagus spears or chunks of fresh cantaloupe or honeydew melon. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Serve up a simple New Year’s Eve family celebration," 30 Dec. 2020 Potassium-rich foods, such as oranges, cantaloupe, broccoli, sweet potatoes, peas, and cucumbers stabilize our blood pressure levels. Jason Bittel, Family, "Help your children de-stress with the right foods," 15 Dec. 2020 Think of drinking cantaloupe juice with a splash of fizzy water. Washington Post, "Truly exceptional wines deserve four stars, so we’re adding one to our rating system," 16 Oct. 2020 The recall, part of a sampling investigation by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, includes both whole and cut cantaloupe in fruit trays ranging from 6 to 40 ounces in weight sold between Sept. 26 and Oct. 5. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Meijer announces recall on whole, cut cantaloupe due to potential salmonella," 8 Oct. 2020 The list ranged from ersatz spinach, calamari, whiskey, pomegranate juice, olive oil, and honey to bogus coffee, almond milk, parmesan cheese, wine, chocolate, cantaloupe, and cereal. Benjamin R. Cohen, Wired, "Your Food Isn’t ‘Natural’ and It Never Will Be," 8 Oct. 2020 The white counterpart – the Chardonnay Private Reserve – is rich and unctuous, but well made for this style, tasting of ripe cantaloupe, yellow apples, and cream. Bryce Wiatrak,, "Beringer Winery is more than cheap supermarket wine," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cantaloupe

1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cantaloupe

Cantalupo, former papal villa near Rome, Italy

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English Language Learners Definition of cantaloupe

: a type of large fruit (called a melon) that has a hard, rough skin and orange flesh


can·​ta·​loupe | \ ˈkan-tə-ˌlōp How to pronounce cantaloupe (audio) \

Kids Definition of cantaloupe

: a melon usually with a hard rough skin and reddish orange flesh

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