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Etymology of melon

Posted by Johannes on 31 August 2010


Origin of melon

Melon comes from the French melon, from the Latin melonem (nom. melo), from melopeponem, (a kind of pumpkin), which is a transliteration of the Greek melopepon (gourd-apple) from melon (apple) + pepon (a kind of gourd).


From the same root:

French: melon, melongene

Italian: melone, melanzana

Spanish: melon, pepon, melocoton

German: Melone, Melonendistel


In modern Greek (Romeika):

a) milo: apple [μήλο]

b) peponi: melon [πεπόνι]

c) melitzana: eggplant [μελιτζάνα]


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