banana

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Banana \Ba*na"na\ (b[.a]*n[aum]"n[.a]; 277), noun [Sp. banana, name of the fruit.] (Bot.) A perennial herbaceous plant of almost treelike size ({Musa sapientum}); also, its edible fruit. See {Musa}.

Note: The banana has a soft, herbaceous stalk, with leaves of great length and breadth. The flowers grow in bunches, covered with a sheath of a green or purple color; the fruit is five or six inches long, and over an inch in diameter; the pulp is soft, and of a luscious taste, and is eaten either raw or cooked. This plant is a native of tropical countries, and furnishes an important article of food.

{Banana bird} (Zool.), a small American bird ({Icterus leucopteryx}), which feeds on the banana.

{Banana quit} (Zool.), a small bird of tropical America, of the genus {Certhiola}, allied to the creepers.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

banana

noun

1: any of several tropical and subtropical treelike herbs of the genus Musa having a terminal crown of large entire leaves and usually bearing hanging clusters of elongated fruits [syn: {banana}, {banana tree}]

2: elongated crescent-shaped yellow fruit with soft sweet flesh

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