American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tropical American plant (Ananas comosus) having large swordlike leaves and a large, fleshy, edible, multiple fruit with a terminal tuft of leaves.
- n. The fruit of this plant.
- n. Slang A hand grenade.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The cone or strobilus of the pine; a pine-cone.
- n. The fruit of Ananas (Ananassa) sativa: so called from its resemblance to a pine-cone. This is a collective fruit, consisting of a matured spike or head of flowers, all parts of which — flowers, bracts, and axis — are consolidated in one succulent mass. In hothouse culture a single fruit has been known to weigh 14 pounds.
- n. The plant Ananas sativa, a native of tropical South America, now widely cultivated and naturalized throughout the tropics. Its short stem rises from a cluster of rigid recurved leaves, like those of the aloe, but thinner. The axis extends beyond the single fruit in a tuft of short leaves called the crown. Highly cultivated varieties are seedless, and are propagated by the crown, or (commonly) by suckers, which produce fruit much sooner. The chief seat of pineapple cultivation is the West Indies, whence the fruit is exported in large quantities to the United States and England. The leaves, some 3 feet long, yield a strong fiber, which in the Philippine Islands and elsewhere is woven into a fine fabric. So-called pineapple-cloths are also made from the flber of other species of Bromeliaceæ, as Bromelia Pinguin, the wild pineapple.
- n. A fish of the family Diodontidæ, a kind of porcupine-fish, Chilomycterus geometricus: so called from the prickly skin and the shape when inflated.
- n. A tropical plant, Ananas comosus, native to South America, having thirty or more long, spined and pointed leaves surrounding a thick stem.
- n. The ovoid fruit of the pineapple plant, which has very sweet white or yellow flesh, a tough, spiky shell and a tough, fibrous core.
- n. slang A hand grenade.
- n. slang An Australian fifty dollar note.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A tropical plant (Ananassa sativa); also, its fruit; -- so called from the resemblance of the latter, in shape and external appearance, to the cone of the pine tree. Its origin is unknown, though conjectured to be American.
- n. a tropical American plant bearing a large fleshy edible fruit with a terminal tuft of stiff leaves; widely cultivated in the tropics
- n. large sweet fleshy tropical fruit with a terminal tuft of stiff leaves; widely cultivated
- From Middle English pinappel ("pinecone", literally "pine-apple/pine-fruit"), equivalent to pine + apple. Later applied to the fruit of the pineapple plant due to its resemblance to a pinecone. Compare the post-Classical Latin pomum pini, the Old French pume de pin, the Middle French and French pomme de pin, the Middle Dutch and Dutch pĳnappel, the Middle Low German pinappel, the Old High German pīnapful, the Middle High German pīnaphel, and the early Modern German pinapfel — all in the sense of “pine cone”. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English pinappel, pine cone : pine, pine; see pine1 + appel, apple; see apple. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The pineapple is baked in the cheesecake, not on the top.”
“Even though you can use apples, berries and other fruits easily, pineapple is a classic because it develops a rich, caramel flavor as it bakes.”
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“Crushed pineapple is readily available in supermarkets, but I suppose gently cooked fresh pineapple would work as well.”
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