winter melonwinter melon
any of a variety of muskmelon (Cucumis melo var. inodorus), as a honeydew melon or casaba, characterized by fruit that lacks a musky odor
Origin of winter melonso called because it ripens late
- a. A tendril-bearing, sprawling annual plant (Benincasa hispida) widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical Asia for its waxy-skinned edible fruit.b. The fruit of this plant, often cooked as a vegetable or boiled and sweetened as a confection. Also called wax gourd.
- Any of several varieties of melon (Cucumis melo) usually having a smooth hard rind and including the honeydew melon and the crenshaw.
Origin of winter melonTranslation of Chinese (Mandarin) d&omacron;nggua : d&omacron;ng, winter + gua, melon (because it keeps well and can be eaten in winter although grown in summer).
(plural winter melons)