winter melon


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

Examples of winter melon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In certain parts of Southeast Asia, communities eat them raw, fried or pickled, and also along with Chinese cabbage, winter melon, and shiitake mushrooms. K A Shaji, Quartz India, "India readies the world’s first safe zone for sea cucumbers," 5 May 2020 At Benu, a soup made from winter melon envelops fresh silken tofu cut to look like a chrysanthemum. Soleil Ho,, "In fine dining, soup is the ultimate humblebrag," 2 Sep. 2019 Giant Wax Melon: The wax melon, also known as winter melon, can grow to 40 pounds. Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin," 24 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of winter melon

circa 1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Winter melon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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