from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

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


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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.


    February 4, 2008