A plant of the gourd family, especially a trailing or climbing annual that has become naturalized in inland Australia.
- ‘Paddymelons, which look like small round watermelons, are often found beside outback roads.’
- ‘Paddy melon or bitter apple [Cucumis myriocarpus Naudin] is also a summer annual, but differs from dudaim melon by having deeply lobed leaves and round fruits 2-3 cm wide covered with weak prickles.’
Late 19th century: probably by erroneous association with paddymelon.
- variant spelling of pademelon