March 05, 2019
cantaloupe (noun)
\KAN-tuh-lohp\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a muskmelon with a hard rough skin and reddish orange flesh
How do you use it?
The breakfast buffet at the hotel offered assorted fresh fruit, including strawberries, cut pineapple, and sliced cantaloupe.
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Where do you think the word "cantaloupe" comes from?

The word "cantaloupe" comes from the name of the small district of Cantalupo, Italy, which is near Rome. Cantaloupes were grown in Cantalupo after being brought to Europe from Asia. There are several other fruits that are named after places. The "marionberry" is a type of blackberry that gets its name from Marion County, Oregon, where it originated. A "currant" is a type of raisin used in cooking that is named for the city of Corinth in Greece. And a "damson" is a kind of plum that got its name from Damascus, the capital of Syria.
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