Pumpkin vs. Watermelon

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Main Difference

The main difference between Pumpkin and Watermelon is that the Pumpkin is a fruit and Watermelon is a large fruit with a smooth hard rind

  • Pumpkin

    A pumpkin is a cultivar of a squash plant, most commonly of Cucurbita pepo, that is round, with smooth, slightly ribbed skin, and deep yellow to orange coloration. The thick shell contains the seeds and pulp. Some exceptionally large cultivars of squash with similar appearance have also been derived from Cucurbita maxima.

    Specific cultivars of winter squash derived from other species, including C. argyrosperma, and C. moschata, are also sometimes called “pumpkin”.

    In New Zealand and Australian English, the term pumpkin generally refers to the broader category called winter squash elsewhere.Native to North America, pumpkins are widely grown for commercial use and are used both in food and recreation. Pumpkin pie, for instance, is a traditional part of Thanksgiving meals in Canada and the United States, and pumpkins are frequently carved as jack-o’-lanterns for decoration around Halloween, although commercially canned pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie fillings are usually made from different kinds of winter squash than the ones used for jack-o’-lanterns.

  • Watermelon

    Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is a plant species in the family Cucurbitaceae, a vine-like flowering plant originating in West Africa. It is a highly cultivated fruit worldwide, having more than 1000 varieties.

    Watermelon is a scrambling and trailing vine in the flowering plant family Cucurbitaceae. There is evidence from seeds in Pharaoh tombs of watermelon cultivation in Ancient Egypt. Watermelon is grown in favorable climates from tropical to temperate regions worldwide for its large edible fruit, which is a berry with a hard rind and no internal divisions, and is botanically called a pepo. The sweet, juicy flesh is usually deep red to pink, with many black seeds, although seedless varieties exist. The fruit can be eaten raw or pickled, and the rind is edible after cooking. It is commonly consumed as a juice or as an ingredient in mixed beverages.

    Considerable breeding effort has developed disease-resistant varieties. Many cultivars are available that produce mature fruit within 100 days of planting. In 2017, China produced about two-thirds of the world total of watermelons.

  • Pumpkin (noun)

    A domesticated plant, in species Cucurbita pepo, similar in growth pattern, foliage, flower, and fruit to the squash or melon.

  • Pumpkin (noun)

    The round yellow or orange fruit of this plant.

  • Pumpkin (noun)

    The color of the fruit of the pumpkin plant.

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  • Pumpkin (noun)

    Any of a number of cultivars from the genus Cucurbita; known in the US as winter squash.

  • Pumpkin (noun)

    A term of endearment for someone small and cute.

  • Watermelon (noun)

    A plant of the species Citrullus lanatus, bearing a melon-like fruit.

  • Watermelon (noun)

    The fruit of the watermelon plant, having a green rind and watery flesh that is typically bright red when ripe and contains black pips.

  • Watermelon (noun)

    An environmentalist with socialist leanings (from the similarity to the fruit, being green on the outside, and red (Communist) on the inside).

  • Watermelon (noun)

    A pinkish-red colour, like that of watermelon flesh (also called watermelon pink).

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