wa·​ter·​mel·​on | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌme-lən How to pronounce watermelon (audio) , ˈwä-\

Definition of watermelon

1 : a large oblong or roundish fruit with a hard green or white rind often striped or variegated, a sweet watery pink, yellowish, or red pulp, and usually many seeds
2 : a widely cultivated African vine (Citrullus lanatus synonym C. vulgaris) of the gourd family that bears watermelons

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The Louisville Zoo's Mikki the elephant is 11 months pregnant and her calf is about the size of a watermelon. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Zoo elephant baby watch: Here's the latest with Mikki's pregnancy," 29 July 2019 This is the time of the year when a squeeze of lime or lemon just seems perfect with that wedge of watermelon. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Tips on complementing summer flavors in the kitchen," 23 July 2019 Whenever the mercury creeps into the mid-80s, the cleavers come out and the sticky blood of watermelon is spilled on street corners across China. Crystal Reid, Popular Mechanics, "This Tiny Island Is Trying to Save the World. But Why?," 12 June 2019 There is a long history in this country of watermelon being used as a racist trope. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "After racism uproar, MFA bans 2 members and pledges to change protocols," 24 May 2019 This cozy cotton cat bed out of Bellevue looks like a slice of watermelon, and provides a comfy nest and endless summer photo ops. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Summer-themed toys for your four-legged friends," 26 June 2018 Like Antonio, who always asks for watermelon, but only the reddest flesh, without a single hint of white rind. Los Angeles Times, "In the Piñata District, a street food market is a theater that overwhelms the senses," 18 July 2019 The event will feature food, drink, music and watermelon after the race. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 15 July 2019 Another highlight on the menu-- the Sandia Fresca, a blend of Spanish and French rums, shaken with fresh lime and cucumber (for the cucumber, think Cucumber Gimlet, but without the gin) and strained over frozen watermelon. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al.com, "In Founder’s Station, Cayo Coco Rum Bar & Restaurante is a nod to Cuba’s pre-revolution high life," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of watermelon

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of watermelon

: a large, round fruit that has hard, green skin, sweet, red, juicy flesh, and black seeds


wa·​ter·​mel·​on | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌme-lən How to pronounce watermelon (audio) , ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of watermelon

: a large edible fruit with a hard rind and a sweet red juicy pulp

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