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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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Examples from the web for watermelon
  • watermelon, Feta and Black Olive Saladby Nigella Lawson The star chef combines improbable ingredients that beguile the palate.

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  • Order one of the signature cocktails (I like the watermelon martini), risotto, and anything chocolate for dessert.

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  • Keith Urban piled a lot of slices of watermelon onto a plate, and I wondered if it was for him or his wife, Nicole Kidman.

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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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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