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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dessert consisting of several scoops of ice cream and usually flavored syrups, nuts, fruit, and whipped cream served on a banana that has been split lengthwise.

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  • n. A dessert or sundae containing a banana cut in half lengthwise (split), ice cream and various toppings which may include sauces, nuts or fruit.
  • n. Euphemistic form of bullshit (especially in the card game sense).

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  • n. a banana split lengthwise and topped with scoops of ice cream and sauces and nuts and whipped cream

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  • I brought him out to the garage and put him on the trunk of the car, next to the artichokes, cardones and banana split cake.

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  • Their faces lit up—partly from anticipation of their uncle’s always-exciting police stories, partly from the knowledge that they could probably hit him up for hamburgers and a banana split to share, and partly from an awareness that they were getting off easy, at least until they got home and faced their parents—but I smiled away the offer.

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  • A banana split is an ice cream-based dessert. In its classic form it is served in a long dish called a "boat". A banana is cut in two lengthwise (hence the split) and laid in the dish. Variations abound, but the classic banana split is made with scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream served in a row between the split banana. Pineapple topping is spooned over the vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup over the chocolate, and strawberry topping over the strawberry. It is garnished with crushed nuts, whipped cream and maraschino cherries.

    David Evans Strickler, a 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist at Tassel Pharmacy in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, who enjoyed inventing sundaes at the store's soda fountain, invented the banana-based triple ice cream sundae in 1904. The sundae originally cost 10 cents, twice the price of other sundaes, and caught on with students of nearby Saint Vincent College.

    _Wikipedia

    February 4, 2008