noun, often attributive
mel·​on | \ ˈme-lən How to pronounce melon (audio) \
plural melons

Definition of melon

1 : any of various typically sweet gourds (such as a muskmelon or watermelon) usually eaten raw as fruits
2 : something rounded like a melon: such as
a : a rounded organ in the front of the head of some cetaceans and all toothed whales that is composed of lipids and waxy material and is thought to be utilized in echolocation
b : a person's head A great afternoon at the park usually meant coming home with blisters on our hands, a bump or two on the melon and the obligatory skinned knee.— Robb Moretti
3a : a surplus of profits available for distribution to stockholders
b : a financial windfall

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Garnish each serving with a few melon balls, fresh basil and some toasted pine nuts. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Main dishes? Fruit is not forbidden," 26 June 2018 Obviously, buy a ripe melon, which shouldn’t be difficult this time of year. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appetit, "You’re Gonna Try This Fruit Salad and You’re Gonna Love It," 21 June 2018 On Tuesday, the CDC reported 70 cases of salmonella infections in seven states tied to pre-cut melons, with 34 hospitalizations. Corilyn Shropshire,, "Food recalls explained: Why it seems like food contamination is on the rise," 19 June 2018 Unlike things like melons or tomatoes, peaches will continue to ripen after they've been harvested, says Green. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here’s How to Pick the Best Peaches Every Single Time," 20 July 2018 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says consumers should not eat and retailers should not sell recalled melon products distributed by a Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis. charlotteobserver, "Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon expands," 15 June 2018 Some vining plants like winter squash, melons or cucumbers can be trained and tied to grow up a trellis affixed to a container. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Consider growing a few veggies in containers this year | Idaho Statesman," 14 Mar. 2018 Florida lost $9 million in vegetables and melons, $4 million in fruits and $3 million in tree nuts, including pecans. Jeff Martin, The Seattle Times, "Farmers fear it will take years to recover from storm strike," 30 Oct. 2018 Grow space-hungry vining crops—such as tomatoes, pole beans, peas, squash, melons, cukes, and so on—straight up, supported by trellises, fences, cages, or stakes. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "7 Secrets For A High-Yield Vegetable Garden, Even When You're Tight On Space," 19 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of melon

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for melon

Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin melon-, melo, short for Latin melopepon-, melopepo, from Greek mēlopepōn, from mēlon apple + pepōn, an edible gourd — more at pumpkin

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English Language Learners Definition of melon

: a large, round fruit that has a hard skin and sweet, juicy flesh


mel·​on | \ ˈme-lən How to pronounce melon (audio) \

Kids Definition of melon

: a usually large fruit (as a watermelon or cantaloupe) that grows on a vine and has juicy sweet flesh and a hard rind

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