Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Renealmia escaltata, a plant belonging to the ginger family, with handsome scarlet flowers.
  • n. The banana.

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Examples

  • In the deep valleys were magnificent woods, in which giant rubber-trees towered, while the huge leaves of the low-growing pacova, or wild banana, were conspicuous in the undergrowth.

    VII. With a Mule Train Across Nhambiquara Land

  • The wide river, now in one channel, now in several channels, wound among hills; the shower-freshened forest glistened in the sunlight; the many kinds of beautiful palm-fronds and the huge pacova-leaves stamped the peculiar look of the tropics on the whole landscape—it was like passing by water through a gigantic botanical garden.

    IX. Down an Unknown River into the Equatorial Forest

  • The wide river, now in one channel, now in several channels, wound among hills; the shower-freshened forest glistened in the sunlight; the many kinds of beautiful palm-fronds and the huge pacova-leaves stamped the peculiar look of the tropics on the whole landscape -- it was like passing by water through a gigantic botanical garden.

    Through the Brazilian Wilderness

  • During the dry season, on the topmost boughs of the lofty trees growing on the gapo lands, large gaily-coloured birds, with huge beaks of the shape of a banana or pacova, are perched, in bands of five or six, uttering loud, shrill, and yelping cries, having somewhat the resemblance to "Tocano! tocano! tocano!"

    The Western World Picturesque Sketches of Nature and Natural History in North and South America

  • The tocano pacova has a beak of a rich glowing orange, with a large patch near the tip, a black line round the base, and a number of dark red bars upon the sides.

    The Western World Picturesque Sketches of Nature and Natural History in North and South America

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