Pronunciation: (mel'un), [key]
1. the fruit of any of various plants of the gourd family, as the muskmelon or watermelon.
2. medium crimson or deep pink.
3. the visible upper portion of the head of a surfacing whale or dolphin, including the beak, eyes, and blowhole.
4. Informal.
a. a large extra dividend, often in the form of stock, to be distributed to stockholders: Profits zoomed so in the last quarter that the corporation cut a nice melon.
b. any windfall of money to be divided among specified participants.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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