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Native to Africa, this fruit (Citrullis lanatus) has spread around the world. It was cultivated by ancient Egyptians more than three thousand years ago, and watermelon seeds were found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen.
Some Cherokee words specify whether the action is happening to a solid, liquid, flexible thing, long thing, or living thing. This is another way that Cherokee language differs from English. Talking about eating is very specific.