any of various fruits of the muskmelon, esp. that of a variety (Cucumis melo var. reticulatus) having a hard, rough rind and sweet, juicy, orange-colored flesh
Origin of cantaloupeFrench ; from Italian cantalupo, after Cantalupo, former papal summer estate, near Rome, where the melon was first grown in Europe
- A variety of melon (Cucumis melo) having a tan rind with netlike ridges and sweet fragrant orange flesh.
- Any of several other similar melons.
Origin of cantaloupeFrench cantaloup, from Italian cantalupo (after Cantalupo, a former papal villa near Rome where it was first cultivated in Europe after introduction from Armenia).