Definition of cantaloupe
1 : a small widely cultivated muskmelon (Cucumis melo reticulatus) with a heavily netted rind and usually orange flesh; broadly : muskmelon a
2 : a muskmelon (Cucumis melo cantalupensis) with a rough hard warty rind that is not usually grown in North America
Recent Examples of cantaloupe from the Web
Her garden grows tomatoes, collard greens, squash, peppers, zucchini, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and Swiss chard.
The other day at Iovine Brothers Produce, 70-year-old Cuban refugee Veronica Hernandez paid for her cantaloupes with food stamps, while Debbie Oliver, 55, a retired IRS worker, bought her fruit with cash.
Blend cantaloupe with yogurt and freeze it into sherbet, or puree it with orange juice and mint to make a refreshing soup.
Lance Vandervoet said his company mostly imports cantaloupes and watermelons, and has done so for more than 30 years.
The thicker skin on cantaloupe means it can be shipped and stored relatively easily, without fear of compromising quality.
In the hole left in my dad's chest, about the size of a small cantaloupe, Frank's heart was sewn in carefully.
Watermelons, cantaloupes, Israel melons, and okra are coming along nicely.
Peel and remove the seeds from a ripe, firm cantaloupe.
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Origin and Etymology of cantaloupe
Cantalupo, former papal villa near Rome, Italy
First Known Use: 1739See Words from the same year
CANTALOUPE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cantaloupe for English Language Learners
: a type of large fruit (called a melon) that has a hard, rough skin and orange flesh
CANTALOUPE Defined for Kids
Definition of cantaloupe for Students
: a melon usually with a hard rough skin and reddish orange flesh
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