American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- n. politics, idiomatic 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.
- 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)
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