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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Tomatoes should be stored on the counter, as should melon. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Sure Your Refrigerator Is Actually at a Safe Temperature," 29 July 2019 And, if anything, the Leavitt story proves the Bundys have truly been growing melons in the desert for generations. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter Two: By a Thread," 16 May 2018 The wine offers flavors of stone fruit and melon, seasoned by wild herbs. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "This delightful French rosé comes from a seasoned winemaker and is just $12," 16 Aug. 2019 Layer melon with slices of cooling cucumber and avocado, and fiery, briny, sweet-sour red chile pepper for a lush yet light summer meal. Leigh Belanger,, "Recipe: A salad of melon, cucumber, avocado, feta, and pickled chiles is cooling and a little spicy," 13 Aug. 2019 Scents were tested over the month of July, including green tea, grapefruit, sandalwood, melon, lemon, and various blends. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Riders in Vienna have opted for stale subway air over aromatherapy," 10 Aug. 2019 It’s summer and at Cesarina, the charming, five-month old Italian restaurant in Point Loma, the season calls for figs, ripe melon, summer black truffles, mangoes and more. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cesarina debuts summer menu and — gasp! — a dessert to rival its tiramisù," 18 July 2019 Many cooks also swear by them for cutting tomatoes, melons, thick-skinned squashes and other baked goods like cakes. Paul Stephen,, "Our guide to knives will give you an edge in the kitchen," 10 July 2019 Some crops are too late to plant, such as cucumbers, melons, corn, beans, peppers and parsnips., "Plant these vegetables now for Oregon’s fall harvest," 8 July 2019

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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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