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Alternative forms[edit]


Borrowed from Latin mēlopepō (type of pumpkin), from Ancient Greek μηλοπέπων (mēlopépōn), from μῆλον (mêlon, apple) + πέπων (pépōn, ripe). Assimilated to the suffix -án.


mealbhacán m (genitive singular mealbhacáin, nominative plural mealbhacáin)

  1. wild carrot
  2. melon
  3. (obsolete) cucumber


Derived terms[edit]


Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
mealbhacán mhealbhacán not applicable
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • "mealbhacán" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • melon” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.
  • melbucán” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • Entries containing “mealbhacán” in English-Irish Dictionary, An Gúm, 1959, by Tomás de Bhaldraithe.
  • Entries containing “mealbhacán” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.