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[waw-ter-mel-uh n, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌmɛl ən, ˈwɒt ər-/
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.
the vine itself.
Origin of watermelon
1605-15; water + melon Unabridged
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  • Her fingers were grainy with the watermelon she'd been slicing.
  • For distraction, he gnaws on watermelon slices and spits out the pulp.
  • watermelon and cantaloupe pickles and relishes, preserves and jellies, and iced tea.
  • It's flags and fireworks, hot dogs and mustard, cold watermelon and sweet corn.
  • Dried crawfish, hot peppers and watermelon seed are twice as expensive.
  • For dessert, try the plate piled with fresh papaya, guava and watermelon.
  • There is need to develop of introgression lines, useful for genetic studies and genetic enhancement of watermelon.
  • However, only limited information is known about genes that confer resistance to diseases and pests in watermelon.
British Dictionary definitions for watermelon


an African melon, Citrullus vulgaris, widely cultivated for its large edible fruit
the fruit of this plant, which has a hard green rind and sweet watery reddish flesh
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Contemporary definitions for watermelon
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Word Origin and History for watermelon

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

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