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Definition: Melon cactus
(m[e^]l"[u^]n), n. [F., fr. L. melo, for melopepo
an apple-shaped melon, Gr. mhlope`pwn; mh^lon apple + pe`pwn
a species of large melon; cf. L. malum apple. Cf.
1. (Bot.) The juicy fruit of certain cucurbitaceous plants,
as the muskmelon, watermelon, and citron melon; also, the
plant that produces the fruit.
2. (Zo["o]l.) A large, ornamental, marine, univalve shell of
the genus Melo
(Zo["o]l.), a small leaf beetle (Diabrotiea vittata
), which damages the leaves of melon vines.
, Melon thistle
(a) (Bot.) A genus of cactaceous plants (Melocactus
having a fleshy and usually globose stem with the
surface divided into spiny longitudinal ridges, and
bearing at the top a prickly and woolly crown in which
the small pink flowers are half concealed. Melocactus communis
, from the West Indies, is often cultivated,
and sometimes called Turk's cap
(b) The related genus Mamillaria
, in which the stem is
tubercled rather than ribbed, and the flowers
sometimes large. See Illust. under Cactus