melon baller

noun

: a spoonlike utensil with a sharp edge used especially for cutting ball-shaped pieces from the pulp of a fruit

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web To get the look, use a melon baller, such as OXO Softworks Melon Baller ($11, Target), to carve out circles from the pumpkin rind, then place them back in the holes the opposite way to create a fun contrasting look. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Oct. 2022 The secret is using a melon baller to make a perfect hole in the center about 3/4-inches deep. People Staff, Peoplemag, 13 Oct. 2022 Cocktail instructions: Using a melon baller, place three scoops of sorbet and place in a coupe glass. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 8 Oct. 2022 Plop the glowing lanterns atop a pair of planters to welcome trick-or-treaters. Bring a pumpkin back from the dead by carving a lopsided smile and adding eerie eyeballs (shaped with a melon baller). Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 5 Oct. 2022 Use a melon baller to scoop out two eyes from a butternut squash; reserve. Blair Donovan, Country Living, 12 Aug. 2022 Use a melon baller to carve out two round eyeballs from the fleshy side of reserved pumpkin scraps. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 15 July 2022 This could be anything from a tabletop appliance to a super niche tool, like last year's strawberry huller and melon baller. Laura Gurfein, PEOPLE.com, 11 July 2022 Slice the fruit into wedges and then carefully cut out the core by making a deepish V with a paring knife or using a melon baller. Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of melon baller was in 1950

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“Melon baller.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/melon%20baller. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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