water melon

watermelon

[waw-ter-mel-uhn, wot-er-]
noun
1.
the large, roundish or elongated fruit of a trailing vine, Citrullus lanata, of the gourd family, having a hard, green rind and a sweet, juicy, usually pink or red pulp.
2.
the vine itself.

Origin:
1605–15; water + melon

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watermelon (ˈwɔːtəˌmɛlən)
 
n
1.  an African melon, Citrullus vulgaris, widely cultivated for its large edible fruit
2.  the fruit of this plant, which has a hard green rind and sweet watery reddish flesh

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watermelon
1615, from water + melon. So called for being full of thin juice. Cf. Fr. melon d'eau.
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