cantaloupe

or can·ta·loup

[ kan-tl-ohp ]
/ ˈkæn tlˌoʊp /

noun

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.

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Origin of cantaloupe

1730–40; < French, allegedly after Cantaluppi, a papal estate near Rome where cultivation of this melon is said to have begun in Europe, though a comparable It word is not attested until much later than the French word, and Cantaloup, a village in Languedoc, has also been proposed as the source
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British Dictionary definitions for cantaloupe

cantaloupe

cantaloup

/ (ˈkæntəˌluːp) /

noun

a cultivated variety of muskmelon, Cucumis melo cantalupensis, with ribbed warty rind and orange flesh
any of several other muskmelons

Word Origin for cantaloupe

C18: from French, from Cantaluppi, former papal villa near Rome, where it was first cultivated in Europe
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Word Origin and History for cantaloupe

cantaloupe


n.

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.

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