noun Date: 1615 1. a large oblong or roundish fruit with a hard green or white rind often striped or variegated, a sweet watery pink, yellowish, or red pulp, and usually many seeds 2. a widely cultivated African vine (Citrullus lanatus syn. C. vulgaris) of the gourd family that bears watermelons

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  • Watermelon — Wa ter*mel on, n. (Bot.) The very large ovoid or roundish fruit of a cucurbitaceous plant ({Citrullus vulgaris}) of many varieties; also, the plant itself. The fruit sometimes weighs many pounds; its pulp is usually pink in color, and full of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • watermelon — /waw teuhr mel euhn, wot euhr /, n. 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. [1605 15; WATER + …   Universalium

  • watermelon —    American    an indication of pregnancy    In phrases such as have a watermelon on the vine or swallow a watermelon seed. Watermelons, in vulgar male talk, may be female breasts …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • watermelon — UK [ˈwɔːtə(r)ˌmelən] / US [ˈwɔtərˌmelən] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms watermelon : singular watermelon plural watermelons a large round fruit that has a hard green skin outside and is red with small black seeds inside …   English dictionary

  • watermelon — noun 1. an African melon • Syn: ↑watermelon vine, ↑Citrullus vulgaris • Hypernyms: ↑melon, ↑melon vine • Member Holonyms: ↑Citrullus, ↑genus Citrullus …   Useful english dictionary

  • watermelon — noun a) A plant of the genus Citrullus, a variety of melon. b) The fruit of the watermelon plant, having a green rind and watery flesh that is bright red when ripe and contains black pips …   Wiktionary

  • watermelon — [[t]wɔ͟ːtə(r)melən[/t]] watermelons N VAR A watermelon is a large round fruit with green skin, pink flesh, and black seeds …   English dictionary

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