For a contemporaneous understanding of watermelon, see Onomatologia Historiae Naturalis Completa oder vollständiges Lexicon das alle Benennungen der Kunstwörter der Naturgeschichte nach ihrem ganzen Umfang erkläret . . . von einer Gesellschaft naturforschender Aerzte (Leipzig, 1761), ii. 882:
Citrullus, Anguria, folio coloupithidis secto, femine nigro. Augurie. Wassermelone. Türkische Melone. Its name derives from its yellowish colour . . . and it is larger than other melons, with which it has much in common except that it is much juicier and watery. It is eaten raw, with sugar and pepper. . . Unlike other melons, its taste does not last as long. Its seeds are used medicinally because they have a cooling and soothing effect. Our gardeners known how to tend them in gardens. In Hungary, however, no particular effort is made over tending them as they grow by themselves.
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