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cantaloupe

or can·ta·loup

[ kan-tl-ohp ]
/ ˈkæn tlˌoʊp /
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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

First recorded in 1730–40; from French, allegedly after Cantaluppi, a papal estate near Rome where cultivation of this melon is said to have begun in Europe, though a comparable Italian 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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