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[muhsk-mel-uh n]
  1. a round or oblong melon, occurring in many varieties, having a juicy, often aromatic, sweet, yellow, white, or green, edible flesh.
  2. the plant, Cucumis melo reticulatus, of the gourd family, bearing this fruit.
  3. cantaloupe(def 1).
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Also mushmelon.

Origin of muskmelon

First recorded in 1565–75; musk + melon
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Examples from the Web for muskmelon

Historical Examples of muskmelon

  • Once I swiped a muskmelon from a lawyer's melon-patch, and had to see him about it.

    The Seven Darlings

    Gouverneur Morris

  • They require practically the same soil and cultural methods as the muskmelon.

  • It is as large as a muskmelon, with a firm texture and somewhat the taste of a peach.

    Industrial Cuba

    Robert P. Porter

  • Muskmelon seeds placed in an undulating line in the sand-box suggest water.

British Dictionary definitions for muskmelon


  1. any of several varieties of the melon Cucumis melo, such as the cantaloupe and honeydew
  2. the fruit of any of these melons, having ribbed or warty rind and sweet yellow, white, or green flesh with a musky aroma
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