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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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Examples from the web for watermelon
  • 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

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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Contemporary definitions for watermelon
noun

See arctic bonito

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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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