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

Examples of cantaloupe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Notably, female bonobos have massive, cantaloupe-sized labial swellings and prominent clitorises that can reach two and a half inches when erect. Rachel E. Gross, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Mar. 2022 And the palate is sweet and light, with notes of cantaloupe, lemon, vanilla and toffee followed by just a hint of astringency. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 8 Mar. 2022 After mid-month plant; beans, cantaloupe, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, luffa, peppers, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes and watermelon. Tom Maccubbin,, 29 Jan. 2022 There’s salty umami from the crispy prosciutto, succulent cantaloupe brings fruity sweetness, the arugula lends a vegetable bite, and it all gets tossed in a simple white balsamic vinaigrette. Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2022 And as my baby grew from the size of a lemon to a grapefruit to a cantaloupe, the box through which my colleagues see me on video calls cropped out my basketball-sized gut. New York Times, 4 Mar. 2022 Tenpin bowling may get all the attention, but fans of duckpins — smaller pins, cantaloupe-size ball, three rolls per frame instead of two — insist it’s the more challenging sport. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 Fresh cantaloupe cubes and cream cheese are blitzed together before bloomed gelatin adds structure, as does a rest in the refrigerator. New York Times, 14 Feb. 2022 Transfer the cream to the blender and blend with the cantaloupe until smooth. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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“Cantaloupe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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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