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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of monocotyledonous plants, type of the order Scitamineæ and the tribe Museæ, known by its tubular calyx.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun (Bot.) A genus of perennial, herbaceous, endogenous plants of great size, including the banana (Musa sapientum), the plantain (Musa paradisiaca of Linnæus, but probably not a distinct species), the Abyssinian (Musa Ensete), the Philippine Island (Musa textilis, which yields Manila hemp), and about eighteen other species. See Illust. of banana and plantain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the family Musaceae — large tropical herbs, commonly known as banana plants.
  • proper noun A male given name, the Arabic form of Moses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun type genus of the Musaceae: bananas

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