- any of various round or oblong fruits that grow on different varieties of a trailing vine (Cucumis melo) of the gourd family, including cantaloupes and honeydew melons
- any of these plants, esp. a variety (Cucumis melo var. reticulatus) having fruit with a musky odor, ribbed netlike skin, and greenish to reddish orange, sweet, juicy flesh
musk + melon
See muskmelon in American Heritage Dictionary 4
- Any of several varieties of the melon Cucumis melo, such as the cantaloupe, having fruit characterized by a netted rind and edible flesh with a musky aroma.
- The fruit of any of these plants.