Definition of pepon in US English:

pepon

noun

rare
  • The fruit of a kind of gourd, originally probably a kind of melon, Cucumis melo, in later use perhaps the pumpkin, a variety of Cucurbita pepo.

Origin

Old English. From classical Latin pepōn-, pepō (in post-classical Latin also pepon, 400) a water-melon or other gourd from ancient Greek πέπων a kind of gourd or melon eaten when ripe, use as noun (short for πέπων σίκυος, lit. a ripe cucumber) of πέπων (adjective) ripened, ripe, mellow from the base of πέσσειν (Attic πέττειν) to cook from the same Indo-European base as classical Latin coquere to cook.

Pronunciation

pepon

/ˈpɛpɒn/