muskmelon

[muhsk-mel-uhn]
noun
1.
a round or oblong melon, occurring in many varieties, having a juicy, often aromatic, sweet, yellow, white, or green, edible flesh.
2.
the plant, Cucumis melo reticulatus, of the gourd family, bearing this fruit.
3.
cantaloupe ( def 1 ).
Also, mushmelon.


Origin:
1565–75; musk + melon

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muskmelon (ˈmʌskˌmɛlən)
 
n
1.  any of several varieties of the melon Cucumis melo, such as the cantaloupe and honeydew
2.  the fruit of any of these melons, having ribbed or warty rind and sweet yellow, white, or green flesh with a musky aroma

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muskmelon

any of the strongly netted-rind melons of the Reticulatus group of the common melon (species Cucumis melo), in the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. Muskmelons are noted for their sweet, juicy, musky-scented, orange flesh, which accounts for their ranking as probably the most important commercial melons. In North America these melons are sometimes inaccurately referred to as cantaloupe, a term that should properly be reserved for melons of the Cantalupensis group. See also melon.

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