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watermelon

[waw-ter-mel-uh n, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌmɛl ən, ˈwɒt ər-/
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
1605-1615
1605-15; water + melon
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British Dictionary definitions for water-melon

watermelon

/ˈwɔːtəˌmɛlən/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for water-melon

watermelon

n.

1610s, from water (n.1) + melon. So called for being full of thin juice. Cf. French melon d'eau.

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