can·ta·loupe | \ˈkan-tə-ˌlōp 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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Twenty-five of 39 people interviewed by the CDC reported eating melon purchased from grocery stores, including cantaloupe, watermelon or a fruit salad mix with melon. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Salmonella outbreak tied to melons sold at Costco stores, including several in Wisconsin," 19 June 2018 Sliced cantaloupe and strawberries showed up just after noon., "ICE protestors outside City Hall battle heat, loss of electricity," 9 July 2018 Cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe as well as fruit salads containing these melons have been recalled from stores in these states, including Walmart, Kroger, Walgreens, Sprouts Farmers Market, Costco and Whole Foods/Amazon. Debra Goldschmidt, CNN, "FDA warns consumers in 10 more states not to eat cut melon due to salmonella," 14 June 2018 Walmart settled lawsuits in 2014 with the families of some of the 33 people who died of listeria infections traced to cantaloupes from Colorado that the retailer sold. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Salmonella is sickening Missourians who bought pre-cut melon from this major chain," 8 June 2018 His father picked cantaloupes in California's Central Valley as part of the bracero guest worker program, which, for more than two decades, beginning in the 1940s, allowed Mexican men to work in the United States legally on temporary contracts. Jill Leovy,, "A personal perspective on Mexico's mass exodus to the United States," 2 July 2018 The cut watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew and fruit salads containing one of these melons have been cleared from the shelves of major stores, including Walmart, Kroger, Walgreens, Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods. Monica Rodriguez, Fortune, "Pre-Cut Melon in 10 More States Linked to Salmonella Outbreak," 15 June 2018 One of Seven Stills’ few perennials, the plush Eight Pounds Per BBL leans into the widely popular non-bitter hazy IPA style, banking on muted fleshy stone fruit, ripe gold cantaloupe and subtle guava notes to appeal to the fresh beer-seeking masses., "The beers and whiskeys of Seven Stills," 1 July 2018 Serve it in glass coupes to show off the color of the cantaloupe. Anush Elbakyan,, "3 easy no-bake summer dessert recipes," 29 June 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


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Kids Definition of cantaloupe

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

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