Melon meaning

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(vulgar slang) A woman's breasts.
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A fatty structure in the forehead of cetaceans, especially the toothed whales, thought to be used in the production of high-frequency sounds.
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Any of several large, juicy, thick-skinned, many-seeded fruits of certain trailing plants of the gourd family, as the watermelon, muskmelon, and cantaloupe.
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Any of these plants.
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(in the plural, slang) Breasts.
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(slang) Profits, winnings, political spoils, or the like, for distribution among stockholders, etc.
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(countable) Any of various plants of the family Cucurbitaceae grown for food, generally not including the cucumber.
  • Genus Cucurbita, various musk melons, including the honeydew and the canteloupes, and the horned melon.
  • Genus Citrullus, the watermelon and others.
  • Genus Benincasa, a winter melon.
  • Genus Momordica, the bitter melon.
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(uncountable) The fruit of such plants.
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(countable, slang) The head.
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(countable, Australia, New Zealand, derogatory) A member of the Green Party, or similar environmental group.
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(countable) A mass of adipose tissue found in the forehead of all toothed whales, used to focus and modulate vocalizations.
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Of a light pinkish orange colour, like that of melon flesh.
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(chemistry) The result of heptazine being polymerized with the tri-s-triazine units linked through an amine (NH) link.
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(uncountable)A light pinkish orange colour, like that of some melon flesh.

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Origin of melon

  • Middle English from Old French from Late Latin mēlō mēlōn- short for Latin mēlopepō from Greek mēlopepōn mēlon apple pepōn gourd

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

  • Old French melon, from Medieval Latin melonem, from Latin melopeponem (“type of pumpkin"), from Ancient Greek μηλοπέπων (mÄ“lopepōn), from μῆλον (mÄ“lon, “apple") + πέπων (pepōn, “ripe").

    From Wiktionary