Melon vs. Muskmelon

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Main Difference

The main difference between Melon and Muskmelon is that the Melon is a fruit and Muskmelon is a species of plant

  • Melon

    A melon is any of various plants of the family Cucurbitaceae with sweet edible, fleshy fruit. The word “melon” can refer to either the plant or specifically to the fruit. Botanically, a melon is a kind of berry, specifically a “pepo”. The word melon derives from Latin melopepo, which is the latinization of the Greek μηλοπέπων (mēlopepōn), meaning “melon”, itself a compound of μῆλον (mēlon), “apple, treefruit (of any kind)” and πέπων (pepōn), amongst others “a kind of gourd or melon”. Many different cultivars have been produced, particularly of cantaloupes.

  • Muskmelon

    Muskmelon (Cucumis melo) is a species of melon that has been developed into many cultivated varieties. These include smooth-skinned varieties such as honeydew, Crenshaw, and casaba, and different netted cultivars (cantaloupe, Persian melon, and Santa Claus or Christmas melon). The Armenian cucumber is also a variety of muskmelon, but its shape, taste, and culinary uses more closely resemble those of a cucumber. The large number of cultivars in this species approaches that found in wild cabbage, though morphological variation is not as extensive. It is a fruit of a type called pepo.

    Muskmelon is native to Iran, Anatolia and the Caucasus, with a secondary center including northwest India (Hindi: कचरी Kachri) and Afghanistan.

  • Melon (noun)

    Any of various plants of the family Cucurbitaceae grown for food, generally not including the cucumber.

  • Melon (noun)

    Genus Cucumis, various musk melons, including the honeydew and the cantaloupes, and the horned melon.

  • Melon (noun)

    Genus Citrullus, the watermelon and others

  • Melon (noun)

    Genus Benincasa, a winter melon

  • Melon (noun)

    The fruit of such plants.

  • Melon (noun)

    A light pinkish orange colour, like that of some melon flesh.

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  • Melon (noun)


  • Melon (noun)

    The head.

  • Melon (noun)

    A member of the Green Party, or similar environmental group.

  • Melon (noun)

    A mass of adipose tissue found in the forehead of all toothed whales, used to focus and modulate vocalizations.

  • Melon (noun)

    The result of heptazine being polymerized with the tri-s-triazine units linked through an amine (NH) link.

  • Melon (adjective)

    Of a light pinkish orange colour, like that of melon flesh.

  • Muskmelon (noun)

    A cantaloupe, a type of melon, noshow=1 (cantaloupe group), with sweet orange flesh and a rough skin resembling netting.

  • Melon (noun)

    the large round fruit of a plant of the gourd family, with sweet pulpy flesh and many seeds

    “a slice of melon”

    “a ripe melon will smell sweet”

  • Melon (noun)

    a woman’s breasts.

  • Melon (noun)

    the Old World plant which yields the melon.

  • Melon (noun)

    a waxy mass in the head of dolphins and other toothed whales, thought to focus acoustic signals.

Oxford Dictionary

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