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  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  only  in  Num.  11:5,  the  translation  of  the  Hebrew  abattihim  the 
  LXX.  and  Vulgate  pepones  Arabic  britikh.  Of  this  plant  there 
  are  various  kinds,  the  Egyptian  melon,  the  Cucumus  chate,  which 
  has  been  called  "the  queen  of  cucumbers;"  the  water  melon,  the 
  Cucurbita  citrullus;  and  the  common  or  flesh  melon,  the  Cucumus 
  melo.  "A  traveller  in  the  East  who  recollects  the  intense 
  gratitude  which  a  gift  of  a  slice  of  melon  inspired  while 
  journeying  over  the  hot  and  dry  plains,  will  readily  comprehend 
  the  regret  with  which  the  Hebrews  in  the  Arabian  desert  looked 
  back  upon  the  melons  of  Egypt"  (Kitto). 

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