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revised Why is watermelon written in Hiragana, whereas melon is written in katakana?
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comment Why is watermelon written in Hiragana, whereas melon is written in katakana?
@Retrosaur no, the Japanese word for melon is not メロン. You were right to begin with: the Japanese word for melon can be found in the Japanese word for watermelon. You can read this in my answer below, but here are the key translations. Melon=瓜(うり). Watermelon=西瓜(すいか). Muskmelon=メロン. Hope that helps.
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answered Why is watermelon written in Hiragana, whereas melon is written in katakana?