One observer recalled them hitting the ground “like melons,” as the music piped into the plaza played “How Deep Is Your Love?”
melons and pastecs, or water-melons, are here delicious, and the food of the common people.
Casaba melons may be served in the same ways as cantaloupes.
Of pumpkins and melons several sorts grow naturally in the woods, and serve for feeding Camels.
The idea occurred to a poor widow of selling fresh water and melons.
Many of them have small gardens where melons and sweet potatoes are sure to be found.
I will pay double price for all the melons, if you will let me go.
When fresh and perfectly ripe, melons are among the most delicious of edible fruits.
In everything but melons, and criticism of your neighbor, eh?
All was destroyed; the walks, the fine vegetable-beds, the plantations of pines and melons--all had vanished.
late 14c., from Old French melon (13c.), from Medieval Latin melonem (nominative melo), from Latin melopeponem, a kind of pumpkin, from Greek melopepon "gourd-apple" (name for several kinds of gourds bearing sweet fruit), from melon "apple" (see malic) + pepon, a kind of gourd, probably noun use of pepon "ripe" (see pumpkin).
In Greek, melon was used in a generic way for all foreign fruits (cf. similar use of apple). The Greek plural of "melon" was used from ancient times for "a girl's breasts."
A woman's breasts, esp large •Usu objectionable: the melons on that girl
The sum of profits, loot, etc, to be divided: The stockholders have a meager melon to share this year (1906+)
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).