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Melons


Melons (Heb. abattichûm) are mentioned only in Num. 11:5. By the Hebrew word we are probably to understand both the melon (Cucumis melo) and the watermelon (Cucurbita citrullus). The watermelon, which is now extensively cultivated in all hot countries, is a fruit not unlike the common melon, but the leaves are deeply lobed and gashed; the flesh is pink or white, and contains a large quantity of cold watery juice without much flavor; the seeds are black.