cantaloupe

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Etymology[edit]

From French cantaloup, 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.[1]

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Noun[edit]

cantaloupe ‎(plural cantaloupes)

  1. A melon of species Cucumis melo subsp. melo with sweet orange flesh, with numerous cultivars in several cultivar groups.
    1. (Britain, Ireland) Smooth-skinned, also known as true cantaloupe, found in the Middle East and also grown in Europe. [From 1739.]
    2. (Australia, US) Having a rough skin resembling netting; also known as muskmelon or rockmelon.
  2. An orange colour, like that of cantaloupe flesh.
    cantaloupe colour:    

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  1. ^ "cantaloupe", entry in Online Etymology Dictionary.