Cantaloupe meaning

kăntl-ōp
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Any of several other similar melons.
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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.
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(Europe) A type of melon, Cucumis melo subsp. cantalupensis; also known as true cantaloupe. [From 1739.]
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(Australia, US) A type of melon, Cucumis melo subsp. reticulatus, with sweet orange flesh and a rough skin resembling netting; also known as muskmelon or rockmelon.
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A variety of melon (Cucumis melo) having a tan rind with netlike ridges and sweet fragrant orange flesh.
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Origin of cantaloupe

  • French cantaloup from Italian cantalupo (after Cantalupo , a former papal villa near Rome where it was first cultivated in Europe after introduction from Armenia)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian Cantalupo (a place name), after a former Papal summer estate near Rome, where the melons were first grown after being introduced to Europe.

    From Wiktionary