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melon

[mel-uh n] /ˈmɛl ən/
noun
1.
the fruit of any of various plants of the gourd family, as the muskmelon or watermelon.
2.
medium crimson or deep pink.
3.
the visible upper portion of the head of a surfacing whale or dolphin, including the beak, eyes, and blowhole.
4.
Informal.
  1. a large extra dividend, often in the form of stock, to be distributed to stockholders:
    Profits zoomed so in the last quarter that the corporation cut a nice melon.
  2. any windfall of money to be divided among specified participants.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin mēlōn- (stem of mēlō), short for mēlopepō < Greek mēlopépōn apple-shaped melon, equivalent to mêlo(n) apple + pépōn pepo
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British Dictionary definitions for melons

melon

/ˈmɛlən/
noun
1.
any of several varieties of two cucurbitaceous vines, cultivated for their edible fruit See muskmelon, watermelon
2.
the fruit of any of these plants, which has a hard rind and juicy flesh
3.
(US & Canadian, slang) cut a melon, to declare an abnormally high dividend to shareholders
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Late Latin mēlo, shortened form of mēlopepō, from Greek mēlopepōn, from mēlon apple + pepōn gourd
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Word Origin and History for melons
melon
late 14c., from O.Fr. melon, from M.L. melonem (nom. melo), from L. melopeponem, a kind of pumpkin, from Gk. melopepon "gourd-apple" (name for several kinds of gourds bearing sweet fruit), from melon "apple" (from PIE source attested in Hittite mahla- "grapevine, branch") + pepon, a kind of gourd, noun use of pepon "ripe." In Gk., melon "apple" was used in a generic way for all foreign fruits.
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Slang definitions & phrases for melons

melons

noun

A woman's breasts, esp large •Usu objectionable: the melons on that girl


melon

noun

The sum of profits, loot, etc, to be divided: The stockholders have a meager melon to share this year (1906+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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melons in the Bible

only in Num. 11:5, the translation of the Hebrew abattihim, the LXX. and Vulgate pepones, Arabic britikh. Of this plant there are various kinds, the Egyptian melon, the Cucumus chate, which has been called "the queen of cucumbers;" the water melon, the Cucurbita citrullus; and the common or flesh melon, the Cucumus melo. "A traveller in the East who recollects the intense gratitude which a gift of a slice of melon inspired while journeying over the hot and dry plains, will readily comprehend the regret with which the Hebrews in the Arabian desert looked back upon the melons of Egypt" (Kitto).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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