from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name in some of the West Indies of several species of banana-like plants of the genus Bihai, the flowers of which are protected by large red or yellow bracts which give them a very showy appearance. Also called wild banana. See Heliconia.


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  • As the sun gets higher, banana or balisier leaves are laid over the fish.

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  • Sundown approaches: the light has turned a rich yellow; -- long black shapes lie across the curving road, shadows of balisier and palm, shadows of tamarind and Indian-reed, shadows of ceiba and giant-fern.

    Two Years in the French West Indies

  • Two chasseurs-de-choux stride past us as we advance, with their freshly gathered palm-salad upon their heads, wrapped in cachibou or balisier leaves, and tied with lianas.

    Two Years in the French West Indies

  • LOVE FOR THE BALISIER: People's National Movement (PNM) supporters hold the party's balisier symbol high at a public meeting in Palo Seco on Friday night.

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  • We are all happy with the balisier, or at least we should be.

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  • _balisier_ opens its parasol of leaves beside the _gommier_, which is the cedar of the colonies you see the _acomat_, the

    Two Years in the French West Indies


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