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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Blend until smooth, pour into glass and garnish with fresh mint and a small wedge of watermelon. Health.com, "6 Mocktail Recipes That Make Happy Hour Way Healthier," 12 July 2018 Once the tomatoes have marinated add watermelon and toss until well combined. House Beautiful, "Ginger Marinated Heirloom Tomato with Watermelon, Burrata, and Arugula," 12 May 2011 Dishes include a Korean noodle salad, parfait made with summer berries, responsibly sourced striped sea bass, watermelon mojito and lavender coconut cold brew. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Oprah invests in True Food Kitchen, former Sam Fox restaurant that started in Phoenix," 11 July 2018 Activities at the historic site lasted all day and included a watermelon seed spitting contest, folk dancers, a pie eating contest, relay races and patriotic speeches recited by actors. Cortlynn Stark, Hana Muslic, Katie Bernard And Edward Mckinley, kansascity, "From Prairie Village to Parkville, KC area celebrates the Fourth," 4 July 2018 Cut out watermelon slices using your cookie cutter, set aside. Jennifer Mcclellan, USA TODAY, "6 colorful July 4th recipes to make your party sparkle," 3 July 2018 Graeter’s seasonal favorite watermelon sorbet is back. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Graeter's: Did somebody say watermelon sorbet?," 2 July 2018 Strange watermelon slices morph into gruesome smiles, suggesting the diseased association of the fruit with race and slavery. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Charles Desmarais’ art picks for June 3," 31 May 2018 Strange watermelon slices morph into gruesome smiles, suggesting the diseased association of the fruit with race and slavery. Charles Desmarais, SFChronicle.com, "Charles Desmarais’ art picks for May 27," 24 May 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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