Winter-melon meaning

Any of several varieties of melon (Cucumis melo) usually having a smooth hard rind and including the honeydew melon and the crenshaw.
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Any of a variety of muskmelon (Cucumis melo var. inodorus), as a honeydew melon or casaba, characterized by fruit that lacks a musky odor.
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A vine of the genus Benincasa cultivated throughout Asia.
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A green, fuzzy melon fruit taken from this vine that has sweet white flesh.
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Origin of winter-melon

  • Translation of Chinese (Mandarin) dōngguā dōng winter guā melon (because it keeps well and can be eaten in winter although grown in summer)

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

  • From Mandarin 冬瓜 (dōngguā) winter melon.

    From Wiktionary