can·​ta·​loupe | \ ˈkan-tə-ˌlōp also -ˌlüp How to pronounce cantaloupe (audio) \
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 Made with turmeric, blood oranges, and cantaloupe, this aperitivo is bright and citrusy. Jesse Sparks, Bon Appétit, "My Fall Starter Pack Is Just Bottles of This Aperitivo," 18 Oct. 2019 Produce: Tomatoes, lettuce, pumpkins, plantains, avocados, grapefruit, watermelons, cantaloupes and papayas. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "When new, higher tariffs are scheduled to start on Chinese imports and what may cost more," 23 Aug. 2019 Use it also with cantaloupe and honeydew to deliver little squares to snack on or for a fruit salad, mess-free. Ann Trieger Kurland,, "Genius watermelon slicer, cubed," 22 July 2019 Joining the existing strawberry and native blackberry crops this summer are new 90-foot row gardens of kale, watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkin, basil, green beans, peppers and three varieties of summer squash. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New family carries on legacy of 99-year-old Vista farm," 21 July 2019 In addition to watermelon, volunteers also harvested cantaloupes, peppers, cherry tomatoes and basil. Vincent T. Davis,, "Volunteers harvest crops from San Antonio Food Bank’s Urban Farm," 29 June 2019 This fresh-hop pale ale is fruit-forward with notes of honeydew and cantaloupe, along with some spice and a solid yeasty maltiness. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "I’ve visited 40 Portland breweries so far in 2019; here is my favorite beer from each," 22 Nov. 2019 Blend cantaloupe with yogurt and freeze it into sherbet, or puree it with orange juice and mint to make a refreshing soup. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Top 34 bestselling 'fruit' drinks for kids deemed unhealthy," 16 Oct. 2019 One farmer literally brought a flatbed of cantaloupe and watermelon from Sunset in Montague County. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "This Fort Worth farmers market has all locally-grown goods, including apples and giant tomatoes," 12 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of cantaloupe was in 1739

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1 Feb 2020

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“Cantaloupe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of cantaloupe

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

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