- 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.
- any windfall of money to be divided among specified participants.
- melon dome,
- melon foot,
- melon pear,
- melon seed,
- melon shrub
Origin of melon
Examples from the Web for melon
But how could they bronze that stubby little body, the melon head, the double chin?Richard Ben Cramer Dies: Iconic Writer Had an Unerring Ear for Dialogue|John Avlon|January 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Rachel “Bunny” Melon wanted John to be the next president so he could “rescue America.”Edwards Staffer Andrew Young Offers Shocking Testimony About His Boss|Diane Dimond|April 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Trim trousers in nubby shades of lilac were paired with jackets in iridescent hues of melon.Paris Fall 2012 Fashion Week: Haider Ackermann, Lanvin, and Comme des Garçons|Robin Givhan|March 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Cut a ripe and chilled watermelon in halves, crosswise the melon.
The traveller gave them all he had, which was a melon, to quench their thirst.Far Off|Favell Lee Mortimer
Suan was ashamed to refuse; so, even though he knew that he could not tell how many seeds a melon contained, he answered, “Yes.”Filipino Popular Tales|Dean S. Fansler
It was a "good sign" when a spider spun his web over a melon, or, if put in a square box he should weave a circular web.Japanese Fairy World|William Elliot Griffis
The fruit which Tanda picked was of the form and size of a melon, and attached by its stem directly to the trunk.In the Eastern Seas|W.H.G. Kingston
Word Origin for melon
late 14c., from Old French melon (13c.), from Medieval Latin melonem (nominative melo), from Latin melopeponem, a kind of pumpkin, from Greek melopepon "gourd-apple" (name for several kinds of gourds bearing sweet fruit), from melon "apple" (see malic) + pepon, a kind of gourd, probably noun use of pepon "ripe" (see pumpkin).
In Greek, melon was used in a generic way for all foreign fruits (cf. similar use of apple). The Greek plural of "melon" was used from ancient times for "a girl's breasts."