cantaloup

cantaloupe

[kan-tl-ohp]
noun
1.
a variety of melon, Cucumis melo cantalupensis, of the gourd family, having a hard scaly or warty rind, grown in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
2.
a muskmelon having a reticulated rind and pale-orange flesh.
Also, cantaloup.


Origin:
1730–40; < French, allegedly after Cantaluppi, a papal estate near Rome where cultivation of this melon is said to have begun in Europe, though a comparable It word is not attested until much later than the French word, and Cantaloup, a village in Languedoc, has also been proposed as the source

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cantaloupe or cantaloup (ˈkæntəˌluːp)
 
n
1.  a cultivated variety of muskmelon, Cucumis melo cantalupensis, with ribbed warty rind and orange flesh
2.  any of several other muskmelons
 
[C18: from French, from Cantaluppi, former papal villa near Rome, where it was first cultivated in Europe]
 
cantaloup or cantaloup
 
n
 
[C18: from French, from Cantaluppi, former papal villa near Rome, where it was first cultivated in Europe]

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cantaloupe
1739, from It. Cantalupo, former Papal summer estate, near Rome, where the melons were first grown in Europe after their introduction, supposedly from Armenia.
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