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 In his bachelor kitchen, Willett instructs us in the preparation of things like meatloaf and a half of a cantaloupe. Los Angeles Times, "Food YouTube is the best YouTube: 6 channels to watch while you’re cooped up," 23 Apr. 2020 The Thursday before semistate, the team would bring an old fruit of choice — cantaloupe, tomatoes, lemons, oranges — and have batting practice at Brookside Park, where Scecina plays its home games. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Cory Gray remembered as caring, goofy and winning coach for Scecina softball," 30 Apr. 2020 Starting early in May, the squash, watermelons, cucumbers and cantaloupe will be ready for harvest. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "'It’s probably going to do us in': With restaurants closed, Arizona's farmers are in peril," 30 Mar. 2020 There does not seem to be enough sun or heat here to produce even one cantaloupe per plant., "Ask an Expert: What’s the best fertilizer for tomatoes?," 26 July 2019 Good sources of beta carotene include sweet potatoes, carrots, mangoes, apricots, spinach, kale, broccoli, squash and cantaloupe. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "How to strengthen your immunity to coronavirus. Part 1: Diet," 25 Mar. 2020 Foods high in vitamin C include (in order from the highest): red peppers, oranges, kiwifruit, green pepper, broccoli (higher when cooked), strawberries, Brussels sprouts, grapefruit, tomatoes, and cantaloupe. Lisa Bain, Good Housekeeping, "4 Things You Can Do Right Now to Boost Your Immune System," 19 Mar. 2020 Its thorny cantaloupe-sized husk looks like a hedgehog crossed with an avocado. David Pierson,, "Decades ago, he stole a tree branch. Now he is the Durian King," 4 July 2019 Its thorny cantaloupe-sized husk looks like a hedgehog crossed with an avocado. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: Decades ago, he stole a tree branch. Now he is the Durian King," 4 July 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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23 May 2020

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“Cantaloupe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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


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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