noun, often attributive
mel·​on | \ˈme-lən \

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 melons plural, slang : large breasts

3a : a surplus of profits available for distribution to stockholders

b : a financial windfall

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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 The salmonella cases in Indiana and Michigan were traced to melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C and Payless grocers. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Salmonella is sickening Missourians who bought pre-cut melon from this major chain," 8 June 2018 Spain has a tradition of marvelous, symbolic still-life paintings, portraying luscious melons, silvery fish, ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables, along with everyday items like vessels and books. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting From the Museums of Madrid’ Review: A Visual Heritage Tour," 3 July 2018 Also on the menu is 49th St., a Northeast IPA with hints of tropical fruit and melon. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vennture Brew Co. brings coffee and beer to Washington Heights neighborhood," 11 July 2018 People should not eat the recalled cut melon or fruit salad products, the CDC said. NBC News, "Salmonella in cut melons sickens 60 people, CDC says," 9 June 2018 Since the drought, all that’s left to remind him of home are a malunggay tree — sacred in the Philippines — some taro root and bitter melons. Joe Mozingo,, "One of L.A.'s oldest community gardens thrived for decades. Then the water wars began.," 4 June 2018 Maine lobster and Gulf shrimp, grilled Angus beef and chocolate souffle with cherry vanilla ice cream were on the menu. Sprays of roses in shades of pink, cream and melon spruced up Statuary Hall, the otherwise drab venue. Darlene Superville, ELLE Decor, "Meet The Trump Staffer Behind The White House Easter Egg Roll," 17 Apr. 2017 But they were well shucked, with briny Wellfleets and the cucumber-melon delicacy of Washington state Capitals to pair with my crisp glass of sauvignon blanc from Ateliers Raspail in the Loire’s Touraine. Craig Laban,, "The Bercy adds French brasserie sheen to thriving Ardmore scene," 13 July 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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