One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of the gourd family, especially a trailing or climbing annual that has become naturalized in inland Australia.
Several species in the family Cucurbitaceae, in particular Cucumis myriocarpus, which has bristly melon-like fruits and is native to Africa
- ‘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
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