from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small country that is economically dependent on a single export commodity, such as bananas, and is typically governed by a dictator or the armed forces.
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- n. A small country, especially one in Central America, that is dependent on a single export commodity (traditionally bananas) and that has a corrupt, dictatorial government.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small country (especially in Central America) that is politically unstable and whose economy is dominated by foreign companies and depends on one export (such as bananas)
Coined by American author O. Henry in his 1904 book of short stories, "Cabbages and Kings", set in the fictional "Anchuria", which was based on his 1896-97 stay in Honduras. (Wiktionary)