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melon

[ mel-uhn ]
/ ˈmɛl ən /
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noun
the fruit of any of various plants of the gourd family, as the muskmelon or watermelon.
medium crimson or deep pink.
the visible upper portion of the head of a surfacing whale or dolphin, including the beak, eyes, and blowhole.
Informal.
  1. a large extra dividend, often in the form of stock, to be distributed to stockholders: Profits zoomed so in the last quarter that the corporation cut a nice melon.
  2. any windfall of money to be divided among specified participants.
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Origin of melon

1350–1400; Middle English <Late Latin mēlōn- (stem of mēlō), short for mēlopepō<Greek mēlopépōn apple-shaped melon, equivalent to mêlo(n) apple + pépōnpepo
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British Dictionary definitions for melon

melon
/ (ˈmɛlən) /

noun
any of several varieties of two cucurbitaceous vines, cultivated for their edible fruitSee muskmelon, watermelon
the fruit of any of these plants, which has a hard rind and juicy flesh
cut a melon US and Canadian slang to declare an abnormally high dividend to shareholders

Word Origin for melon

C14: via Old French from Late Latin mēlo, shortened form of mēlopepō, from Greek mēlopepōn, from mēlon apple + pepōn gourd
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