noun, often attributive
mel·​on | \ ˈme-lən \
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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Just before serving, toss in peaches, melon and basil. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "This Peak-Summer Salad is All the Meal You Need," 27 July 2018 Brewed with a Belgian yeast, the beer smells of melon and white grapes and tastes a bit grassy. Gary Dzen,, "Four wine beers you should try immediately," 15 May 2018 At least 60 people have been sickened and dozens have been hospitalized with salmonella after tainted pre-cut melons were distributed to stores such as Walmart, Kroger, Costco and Whole Foods in several states, federal officials said. Avi Selk,, "Dozens sickened in salmonella outbreak traced to pre-cut melons from Indiana facility," 10 June 2018 Healthy foods, such as indigenous grains, corn, herbs, beans, squash, and melons, are limited or expensive on the Navajo Nation, which is roughly the size of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont combined. Parvannah Lee, Teen Vogue, "I'm From the Navajo Nation and I Want to Help My Community Get Healthy Food," 22 Nov. 2018 Though a surprising fact for some, technically, pumpkins are a winter squash in the family Cucurbitaceae, along with cucumbers, zucchini, and melons. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Pumpkins," 11 July 2018 Coconut Melon Soup Yield: 4 to 5 servings (makes about 4 cups) Here, juicy melon is blended with honey, lime juice and coconut milk then chilled and served elegantly with a small scoop of coconut sorbet and a shower of fresh mint. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "This dessert could be cooler than ice cream on a hot day," 3 July 2018 In addition, since honeydew melons are at their peak in summer months, the melon balls are an appropriate finishing touch. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Make the Most Popular Drink at the US Open," 3 Aug. 2017 Bees and other insects help pollinate foods like blueberries, chocolate, coffee, melons, peaches, pumpkins, vanilla, and almonds, according to the Pollinator Partnership. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Inaugural monarch festival raises butterfly awareness in Kane County," 23 June 2018

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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 \

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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