muskmelon

/musk"mel'euhn/, n.
1. a round or oblong melon, occurring in many varieties, having a juicy, often aromatic, sweet, yellow, white, or green, edible flesh.
2. the plant, Cucumis melo reticulatus, of the gourd family, bearing this fruit.
3. cantaloupe (def. 1).
Also, mushmelon.
[1565-75; MUSK + MELON]

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plant
also called  nutmeg melon,  

      any of the strongly netted-rind melons of the Reticulatus group of the common melon (species Cucumis melo), in the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. Muskmelons are noted for their sweet, juicy, musky-scented, orange flesh, which accounts for their ranking as probably the most important commercial melons. In North America these melons are sometimes inaccurately referred to as cantaloupe, a term that should properly be reserved for melons of the Cantalupensis group. See also melon.

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  • muskmelon — noun Date: 1573 a usually sweet edible melon that is the fruit of an annual trailing or climbing Asian vine (Cucumis melo) of the gourd family: as a. any of various melons (C. melo reticulatus) with netted skin and musky odor that include most of …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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