American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several treelike Asian herbs of the genus Musa, especially M. acuminata, having a terminal crown of large, entire leaves and a hanging cluster of fruits.
- n. The elongated, edible fruit of these plants, having a thick yellowish to reddish skin and white, aromatic, seedless pulp.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An endogenous plant of the genus Musa, M. sapientum, now cultivated for its fruit everywhere in the tropics. The stem-like trunk, formed of the compact sheathing leafstalks, grows to a height usually of 8 or 10 feet, bearing its oblong fruit in a dense cluster 2 or 3 feet long and sometimes weighing 70 or 80 pounds. The fruit is soft, sweetish, not highly flavored, and without seeds. It is eaten either raw or cooked. Several varieties are cultivated, differing in size, color, and flavor. After fruiting the stem decays, or is cut down, and new shoots spring from the root and produce a new crop in a few months. The fiber of the stem and leaves is of little value. The plantain, M. paradisiaca, is probably only a variety of the same species. See
- n. The papaw.
- n. Also called false banana.
- n. An elongated curved fruit, which grows in bunches, and has a sweet creamy flesh and a smooth yellow skin.
- n. The tropical treelike plant which bears clusters of bananas. The plant, of the genus Musa, has large, elongated leaves and is related to the plantain.
- n. uncountable A yellow colour, like that of a banana's skin.
- n. mildly pejorative, slang, ethnic slur A person of Asian descent, especially a Chinese American, who has assimilated into Western culture or married a Caucasian (from the “yellow” outside and “white” inside). Compare coconut ("assimilated Hispanic or Black").
- adj. Curved like a banana, especially of a ball in flight.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A perennial herbaceous plant of almost treelike size (Musa sapientum); also, its edible fruit. See musa.
- n. elongated crescent-shaped yellow fruit with soft sweet flesh
- n. 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
- From Wolof banaana, via Spanish or Portuguese. (Wiktionary)
- Portuguese and Spanish, from Wolof, Mandingo, and Fulani. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They contain vitamins and tasty sugars, and the word banana comes from an Arab-language word, banan, which means “finger.””
“ The term banana republic is often used in a disparaging sense; it suggests an unstable government.”
“Gives a whole new meaning to the name "banana spider".”
“The term banana is a racial epithet typically used in a derogatory fashion to imply that someone is “yellow (Asian/American) on the outside, white on the inside;” synonyms include Twinkie”
“Lovingly referred to as "Granny," Zhelesnik uses innovative strategies to teach the preschoolers at the Sundance School in New Jersey where she has worked for the last 15 years, such as baking banana bread to talk about the letter "N," as it appears twice in the word banana.”
“If a banana is a fruit, then what do you define say, an orange, and apple, or a grape as?”
“No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.”
“To most people, a banana is a banana: a simple yellow fruit.”
“I would have squeezed if he had offered an apple. i am sure his banana is a little bit mushy.”
“Oh, and did I mention they have banana filling, making them what she calls banana split cupcakes?”
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