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  1. 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.
  2. 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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Historical Examples

  • "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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for cantaloupe



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

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


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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