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muskmelon vs. cantaloupe

muskmelon vs. cantaloupe: What's the difference?

There are several different varieties of muskmelon, and cantaloupe is one of them. Muskmelons have sweet, juicy flesh that can be yellow, orange, white, or green. Cantaloupes have orange flesh and a rind with a rough, netlike pattern. Honeydew is another popular variety of muskmelon.

[ muhsk-mel-uhn ]
  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).
[ kan-tl-ohp ]
  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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