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sammaddrell
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Desert melons?

Postby sammaddrell » 26 Mar 2013 17:41

Hi everyone, I read the Dune novels over 20 years ago and I loved them. I dimly remember that there was a reference (perhaps an insult?) to a desert melon that would give its water to anyone, I think the idea being that if you would give your precious water to anyone then you were weak and defenseless. If I have remembered this correctly and such a thing was actually mentioned, can anyone tell me if there was a Fremen word for this melon? I'd be very grateful. Many thanks Sam

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Re: Desert melons?

Postby Apjak » 26 Mar 2013 19:16

Welcome, Twice Welcome.

The word you're looking for is "Batigh". Leto gets called it several times in Children of Dune.
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Re: Desert melons?

Postby sammaddrell » 27 Mar 2013 08:25

Awesome, thank you so much!