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A melon is any of various plants of the family Cucurbitaceae with sweet, edible, and fleshy fruit. The word 'melon' can refer to either the plant or specifically to the fruit. Botanically, a melon is a kind of berry, specifically a 'pepo'. The word melon derives from Latin melopepo, which is the latinization of the Greek (mlopepn), meaning 'melon', itself a compound of (mlon), 'apple, treefruit (of any kind)' and (pepn), amongst others 'a kind of gourd or melon'. Many different cultivars have been produced, particularly of cantaloupes. Melons originated in Africa or in the hot valleys of Southwest Asia, especially Iran and India, from where they gradually began to appear in Europe toward the end of the Western Roman Empire. Melons are known to have been grown by the ancient Egyptians. However, recent discoveries of melon seeds dated between 1350 and 1120 BC in Nuragic sacred wells have shown that melons were first brought to Europe by the Nuragic civilization of Sardinia during the Bronze Age. Melons were among the earliest plants to be domesticated in the Old World and among the first crop species brought by westerners to the New World. Early European settlers in the New World are recorded as growing honeydew and casaba melons as early as the 1600s.
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