[waw-ter-mel-uh n, wot-er-]


the large, roundish or elongated fruit of a trailing vine, Citrullus lanata, of the gourd family, having a hard, green rind and a sweet, juicy, usually pink or red pulp.
the vine itself.

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  8. waterproof,
  9. waterproofing,
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Origin of watermelon

First recorded in 1605–15; water + melon

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British Dictionary definitions for watermelon



an African melon, Citrullus vulgaris, widely cultivated for its large edible fruit
the fruit of this plant, which has a hard green rind and sweet watery reddish flesh
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Word Origin and History for watermelon



1610s, from water (n.1) + melon. So called for being full of thin juice. Cf. French melon d'eau.

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