Melon
Melon Mel"on (m[e^]l"[u^]n), n. [F., fr. L. melo, for melopepo an apple-shaped melon, Gr. mhlope`pwn; mh^lon apple + pe`pwn a species of large melon; cf. L. malum apple. Cf. {Marmalade}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) The juicy fruit of certain cucurbitaceous plants, as the muskmelon, watermelon, and citron melon; also, the plant that produces the fruit. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A large, ornamental, marine, univalve shell of the genus {Melo}. [1913 Webster]

{Melon beetle} (Zo["o]l.), a small leaf beetle ({Diabrotiea vittata}), which damages the leaves of melon vines.

{Melon cactus}, {Melon thistle}. (a) (Bot.) A genus of cactaceous plants ({Melocactus}) having a fleshy and usually globose stem with the surface divided into spiny longitudinal ridges, and bearing at the top a prickly and woolly crown in which the small pink flowers are half concealed. {Melocactus communis}, from the West Indies, is often cultivated, and sometimes called {Turk's cap}. (b) The related genus {Mamillaria}, in which the stem is tubercled rather than ribbed, and the flowers sometimes large. See Illust. under {Cactus}. [1913 Webster]


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  • melon — [ m(ə)lɔ̃ ] n. m. • XIIIe; lat. melo, onis 1 ♦ Plante originaire d Asie occidentale (cucurbitacées), herbacée, rampante ou grimpante, dont les fruits, sphériques ou ovoïdes, ont une chair comestible, juteuse et sucrée, orangée ou vert clair.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Melon — is a term used for various members of the Cucurbitaceae family with fleshy fruit. Melon can refer to either the plant or the fruit, which is a false berry. Many different cultivars have been produced, particularly of muskmelons. The plant grows… …   Wikipedia

  • melon — MELON. s. m. Sorte de fruit ou de legume d un goust delicieux, & dont la tige rampe sur terre. Melon sucré, ou, sucrin. melon vineux. melon de Langeys. petit melon. bon melon. melon sur couche. melon sous la cloche. une tranche de melon. une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Melón — Données générales Pays  Espagne Communauté autonome …   Wikipédia en Français

  • melon — MELÓN, meloane, s.n. Gambetă. – Din fr. melon. Trimis de ana zecheru, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  MELÓN s. v. gambetă. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime  melón s. n., pl. meloáne Trimis …   Dicționar Român

  • melon — (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. melon (13c.), from M.L. melonem (nom. melo), from L. melopeponem, a kind of pumpkin, from Gk. melopepon gourd apple (name for several kinds of gourds bearing sweet fruit), from melon apple (see MALIC (Cf. malic)) +… …   Etymology dictionary

  • melón — sustantivo masculino 1. Planta herbácea anual de la familia de las cucurbitáceas, con tallos rastreros o trepadores, hojas grandes dentadas y flores amarillas con frutos jugosos de gran tamaño. 2. Fruto de esta planta, de gran tamaño y forma… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • melon — [mel′ən] n. [OFr < LL melo (gen. melonis), for L melopepo < Gr mēlopepōn, melon < mēlon, apple + pepōn, ripe] 1. any of several large, juicy, thick skinned, many seeded fruits of certain trailing plants of the gourd family, as the… …   English World dictionary

  • Melon — En France, le nom est surtout porté dans la Corrèze et les départements voisins. Sens incertain. Le rapport avec le fruit semble douteux, même s il n est pas impossible. Il pourrait s agir d un nom de personne : un saint Mellon (forme latine… …   Noms de famille

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