|1.||muskmelon See watermelon any of several varieties of two cucurbitaceous vines, cultivated for their edible fruit|
|2.||the fruit of any of these plants, which has a hard rind and juicy flesh|
|3.||slang (US), (Canadian) cut a melon to declare an abnormally high dividend to shareholders|
|[C14: via Old French from Late Latin mēlo, shortened form of mēlopepō, from Greek mēlopepōn, from mēlon apple + pepōn gourd]|
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).