winter melon

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winter melon

n.
1.
a. A tendril-bearing, sprawling annual plant (Benincasa hispida) widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical Asia for its waxy-skinned edible fruit.
b. The fruit of this plant, often cooked as a vegetable or boiled and sweetened as a confection. Also called wax gourd.
2. Any of several varieties of melon (Cucumis melo) usually having a smooth hard rind and including the honeydew melon and the crenshaw.

[Translation of Chinese (Mandarin) dōngguā : dōng, winter + guā, melon (because it keeps well and can be eaten in winter although grown in summer).]

winter melon

n
(Plants) a variety of muskmelon, Cucumis melo inodorus, that has sweet fruit with pale orange flesh and an unridged rind. Also called: Persian melon

win′ter mel′on


n.
a variety of late-keeping muskmelon, Cucumis melo inodorus, having sweet, edible flesh.
[1895–1900]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.winter melon - any of a variety of muskmelon vines having fruit with a smooth white rind and white or greenish flesh that does not have a musky smellwinter melon - any of a variety of muskmelon vines having fruit with a smooth white rind and white or greenish flesh that does not have a musky smell
winter melon - the fruit of the winter melon vine; a green melon with pale green to orange flesh that keeps well
Cucumis melo, muskmelon, sweet melon, sweet melon vine - any of several varieties of vine whose fruit has a netted rind and edible flesh and a musky smell
2.winter melon - the fruit of the winter melon vine; a green melon with pale green to orange flesh that keeps well
muskmelon, sweet melon - the fruit of a muskmelon vine; any of several sweet melons related to cucumbers
honeydew, honeydew melon - the fruit of a variety of winter melon vine; a large smooth greenish-white melon with pale green flesh
Persian melon - the fruit of a variety of winter melon vine; a large green melon with orange flesh
casaba, casaba melon - melon having yellowish rind and whitish flesh
Cucumis melo inodorus, honeydew melon, Persian melon, winter melon, winter melon vine - any of a variety of muskmelon vines having fruit with a smooth white rind and white or greenish flesh that does not have a musky smell
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With tips on growing Chinese species of plants such as winter melons, fuzzy gourd, mung beans, and more, "Growing Chinese Vegetables In Your Own Backyard" gives readers the knowledge they need to know to put themselves one step closer to authentic Chinese cuisine.
For harvest size, follow these guidelines: bird house gourd, 8 inches long for eating, 10 to 12 inches (or 5 pounds each) for decorative use; bitter melon, 6 inches; Chinese okra, 14 inches; fuzzy gourd and winter melon, 6 to 7 inches for use as summer squash, up to 30 inches long and 15 inches in diameter (or 35 pounds each) for use as a winter squash; and yard-long beans, 18 inches.

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