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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).]
(Plants) a variety of muskmelon, Cucumis melo inodorus, that has sweet fruit with pale orange flesh and an unridged rind. Also called: Persian melon
a variety of late-keeping muskmelon, Cucumis melo inodorus, having sweet, edible flesh.
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|Noun||1.||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 smell|
winter melon - the fruit of the winter melon vine; a green melon with pale green to orange flesh that keeps well
|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