- a variety of melon, Cucumis melo cantalupensis, of the gourd family, having a hard scaly or warty rind, grown in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
- a muskmelon having a reticulated rind and pale-orange flesh.
Origin of cantaloupe
Examples from the Web for cantaloupe
"We get in all right," he parried, putting his spoon into his cantaloupe.Blue-grass and Broadway
Maria Thompson Daviess
A good way to dry tomato, cantaloupe, and other seeds is to put them on blotters.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2
My right hand was split and rapidly becoming the size of a cantaloupe.Nat Goodwin's Book
Nat C. Goodwin
The rust problem is a serious one in cantaloupe culture in Colorado.
Old alfalfa ground is most excellent for cantaloupe culture.
- a cultivated variety of muskmelon, Cucumis melo cantalupensis, with ribbed warty rind and orange flesh
- any of several other muskmelons
Word Origin and History for cantaloupe
also cantaloup, 1739, from French, from Italian, from Cantalupo, name of a former Papal summer estate near Rome, where the melons first were grown in Europe after their introduction (supposedly from Armenia). The place name seems to be "singing wolf" and might refer to a spot where wolves gathered, but this might be folk etymology.