Definition of melon in English:

melon

Syllabification: mel·on
Pronunciation: /ˈmelən
 
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noun

1The large round fruit of a plant of the gourd family, with sweet pulpy flesh and many seeds.
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  • Fruits include the indigenous melons, grapes, mulberries, peaches, apricots, nectarines, and pomegranates, as well as medlars, persimmons, oranges, melons, and sweet lemons.
  • They lived with his father and mother, and began growing crops of sweet corn, melons, pomegranates, figs and dates.
  • They also love ripe melons and bananas and grapes.
2The Old World plant that yields the melon.
  • Cucumis melo subsp. melo, family Cucurbitaceae: many varieties
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  • The locusts eat everything, barley; wheat; melons; tobacco plants; strawberries; spruce and apple trees, even the laundry hanging out on the line.
  • The farms of Nixons, Swantons, Alex's, Stranos and Newlands roads are growing a variety of crops including sugar cane, peanuts, tomatoes, melons, pumpkins and maize.
  • Other skills, such as cultivating onions, giant leeks, melons, carnations, fuchsias and roses for competition, are honed on allotments.
3 Zoology A mass of waxy material in the head of dolphins and other toothed whales, thought to focus acoustic signals.
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  • The role of ‘acoustic fat’ is best known for dolphins, where it is found only in the mandibular channel and the melon.
  • This structure is derived from the melon of other odontocetes, and like the melon, may serve as a sort of acoustic lens.
  • The clicks are beamed forward, with the oily melon serving as an acoustic lens and the bony forehead as a reflector.
4A large profit, especially a stock dividend, to be divided among a number of people: you can just see them sitting around the room cutting up the melon in advance
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  • Meanwhile, the tradition was that every year the Wall Street member firms would cut up the melon and distribute their earnings to partners in their firms.

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin melo, melon-, contraction of Latin melopepo, from Greek mēlopepōn, from mēlon 'apple' + pepōn 'gourd'.

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