winter melon

noun

Definition of winter melon

1 : any of several muskmelons (such as a casaba or honeydew melon) that are fruits of a cultivated vine (Cucumis melo indorus)
2 : a large white-fleshed melon that is the fruit of an Asian vine (Benincasa hispida) and is used especially in Chinese cooking

First Known Use of winter melon

circa 1900

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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