I couldn't find distinct words referring to green and orange melons. Would it just be 橙色的 and 绿色的哈密瓜?

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Honeydew is also known as:


which can be shortened to:


Wikipedia also proposes the following terms:

  • 罗马甜瓜 (Cantaloupe)

  • 白兰瓜 (Honeydew)

哈密瓜 all the meanwhile is also interchangeable with Hami Melon.

蜜瓜 can also be a term for muskmelons in general.

Chinese is very malleable so YMMV & you might just be better off with something like 绿哈密瓜.

  • Can't that also refer to the orange-colored melon, or is there a separate word for that?
    – K Man
    Commented Jul 23, 2019 at 23:20
  • @KMan They are just different types of 哈密瓜, so we refer them both as 哈密瓜,different areas might have different names for different types, but it's not that important.
    – Mindless
    Commented Jul 24, 2019 at 0:26
  • @Mindless But if one really, really wanted an orange one instead of a green one? 橙色的哈密瓜?
    – K Man
    Commented Jul 24, 2019 at 1:10

Names probably depends on location.

In Hong Kong, green Honeydew is 蜜瓜 and orange Cantaloupe is 哈密瓜.

蜜瓜 comes from the name Honeydew. 蜜 is honey in Chinese. It is very sweet.

哈密瓜 comes from a place name 哈密 in Northwestern China. It is less sweet.

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