from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. A yellow colour, like that of a banana's skin.
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A perennial herbaceous plant of almost treelike size (Musa sapientum); also, its edible fruit. See musa.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An endogenous plant of the genus Musa, M. sapientum, now cultivated for its fruit everywhere in the tropics.
- n. The papaw.
- n. Also called false banana.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Portuguese and Spanish, from Wolof, Mandingo, and Fulani.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Wolof banaana, via Spanish or Portuguese. (Wiktionary)