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Etymology of melon

Posted by Johannes on 31 August 2010

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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).

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From the same root:

French: melon, melongene

Italian: melone, melanzana

Spanish: melon, pepon, melocoton

German: Melone, Melonendistel

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In modern Greek (Romeika):

a) milo: apple [μήλο]

b) peponi: melon [πεπόνι]

c) melitzana: eggplant [μελιτζάνα]

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