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
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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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