wa·ter·mel·on | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌme-lən , 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 dinner menu highlights several salads including greens from the garden paired with blueberries and pistachio ($11); watermelon and first-of-the-season tomatoes with queso fresco, chia seeds and avocado ($14). Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Stem Kitchen and Garden in Mission Bay: Go before it’s ‘discovered’," 12 July 2018 Hot dogs, salads, and chips were served, with watermelon and ice cream treats for dessert. Steve Smith, courant.com, "Vernon Seniors Celebrate 4th Of July," 11 July 2018 My favorites in a strong field included an unlikely but galvanizing trio of sherry, mezcal and ginger called My Sherry Amour and a Sandia Mule made with ginger beer, fresh watermelon and Wild Rag Mesquite Vodka from Sandia, Texas. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Cured makes a 3½-star statement at the Pearl," 28 June 2018 The walls are painted in watermelon and aquamarine. New York Times, "A Brooklyn Favorite for Jamaican Food Beats the Odds," 26 June 2018 Continue planting seeds for tomatoes, eggplants, basil, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, watermelons and other summer edibles. Nan Sterman, latimes.com, "For SoCal gardeners, a June gloom tipsheet," 31 May 2018 Cantaloupe, watermelon and cotton grew in abundance. Anne Burke, San Francisco Chronicle, "You no longer need a snorkel to see this Nevada ghost town," 30 Apr. 2018 The notes include watermelon, bergamot, juicy pineapple, apple blossom, peony petals, fresh jasmine, cedarwood, sunkissed amber, and musk. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Is Dropping Three New Perfumes Inspired By Her Kimojis," 9 July 2018 Slice watermelon into 1-inch slices, or to fit the width of your cookie cutter. Jennifer Mcclellan, USA TODAY, "6 colorful July 4th recipes to make your party sparkle," 3 July 2018

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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 , ˈwä- \

Kids Definition of watermelon

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

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