- 1The large round fruit of a plant of the gourd family, with sweet pulpy flesh and many seeds: a ripe melon will smell sweet a slice of melonMore example sentences
- 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 which yields the melon.
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- Cucumis melo subsp. melo, family Cucurbitaceae: many varieties
- 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 waxy mass in the head of dolphins and other toothed whales, thought to focus acoustic signals.More example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin melo, melon-, contraction of Latin melopepo, from Greek mēlopepōn, from mēlon 'apple' + pepōn 'gourd'.
More definitions of melonDefinition of melon in:
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