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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Melon Balls Use a melon baller to scoop out balls from a watermelon, honeydew, or cantaloupe. Gabriella Vigoreaux, Good Housekeeping, "The Fruity Cubes Your Summer Drinks Need," 15 June 2015 But Salmonella can also turn up in unexpected places — like in tahini, or on cantaloupes, or even drugs like cannabis and kratom. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Machine learning could help figure out what pooped on your produce," 12 Dec. 2018 Lunch is cottage cheese with fresh fruit, like cantaloupe or peach. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "This Training Tweak Keeps Him Running at 70," 18 Aug. 2018 In the vegetable garden, Burch gleefully points out the serried ranks of okra, eggplant, beans, peppers, kale, cucumber, and cantaloupe. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside Tory Burch’s Lovingly Restored Antigua Getaway," 15 Aug. 2018 Lucky cantaloupe gets to kick it with ribbons of fancy prosciutto. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appetit, "You’re Gonna Try This Fruit Salad and You’re Gonna Love It," 21 June 2018 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

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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


can·​ta·​loupe | \ ˈkan-tə-ˌlōp \

Kids Definition of cantaloupe

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

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