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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 of watermelon
1605-1615
1605-15; water + melon
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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

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 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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