muskmelon

noun
musk·​mel·​on | \ ˈməsk-ˌme-lən How to pronounce muskmelon (audio) \

Definition of muskmelon

: a usually sweet edible melon that is the fruit of an annual trailing or climbing Asian vine (Cucumis melo) of the gourd family: such as
a : any of various melons (C. melo reticulatus) with netted skin and musky odor that include most of the muskmelons cultivated in North America especially : cantaloupe sense 1

Examples of muskmelon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Oka, for example, is a muskmelon bred around 1912 by a priest at a Montreal monastery. Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2019 That cuts down on labor costs, too; other muskmelon varieties need to be picked four or more times during the season. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, 22 Sep. 2017 My journey to the heart of the muskmelon cult started with a strawberry. Bianca Bosker, Slate Magazine, 27 Mar. 2017 Monozumi leads me back downstairs to the Sembikiya store and proudly shows me the muskmelons. Bianca Bosker, Slate Magazine, 27 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of muskmelon

1573, in the meaning defined above

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“Muskmelon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/muskmelon. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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muskmelon

noun
musk·​mel·​on | \ ˈməsk-ˌme-lən How to pronounce muskmelon (audio) \

Kids Definition of muskmelon

: a small round to oval melon (as a cantaloupe) with sweet usually green or orange flesh

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