from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An Abyssinian name of Musa Ensete, a noble plant of the banana genus.
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- n. Old World tropical herbs: Abyssinian bananas
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The word ensete signifies the tree against hunger, or the poor's tree, though the most wealthy often eat of it.
This tree, which the natives call ensete, is wonderfully useful; its leaves, which are so large as to cover a man, make hangings for rooms, and serve the inhabitants instead of linen for their tables and carpets.
(Digitaria exilis), a West African cereal crop also known as "fonio," and ensete
Although the potential of sago and ensete for large-scale fuel production is not clear, they may have important local applications,
The false banana, ensete (Musa ensete), is a food staple of southwestern Ethiopia and northern Uganda.
The ensete tree of Bruce, the leaves of which resemble the banana, with fruit like figs, but not eatable, with a trunk esculent till it reaches its perfect growth and is full of leaves, resembles in some of its particulars a tree described by
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The Abyssins report that this tree when it is cut down groans like a man, and, on this account, call cutting down an ensete killing it.
Ethiopia's most important root crop, the ensete, is so named because of its strong resemblance to the domesticated banana plant. "