from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the Malay Archipelago, the banana, Musa paradisiaca.


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  • I was quite partial to the local tropical fruit and had nothing but that for breakfast every day -- mango, papaya, and those little bananas that in Malaysia are called pisang emas.

    The Speculist: June 2006 Archives

  • These two supposed exorcists clothe their nastiness under a veneer of religion and call themselves "The Professional Islamic Support and Nurture Group" or P.I.S.A.N.G allow me to roll around the floor laughing here - pisang means banana!

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Nirvana features a superb rendition of roti pisang, though you can't always get it: Roti service is suspended during main feedings of its hearty rice meals at lunch and supper.

    Roti Canai

  • If the living room is not considered a rather public location, perhaps an adult might want to change their underwear there the next time friends come over for tea and cucur or pisang goreng.


  • I am slightly allergic to the bananas grown in this hemisphere, but they can't hold a candle to the little pisang emas "golden bananas" I enjoyed while living in Malaysia.

    The Speculist: Going Bananas

  • A huge fire was built on the beach, and the small fish, stuffed into green bamboo joints, were thrown in the ashes; larger ones were sprinkled with _lombak_ dust (seasoning) and wrapped in pisang leaves.

    The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy A Book for Young and Old

  • A photograph I have shows at least twenty-five varieties of fruit; the pisang being universally used, as well as the rambutan, durian, pomalo, and papaya.

    Travels in the Far East

  • Cabbage palm and gray plum, pisang and scitamine they found in abundance, with wild pineapple, and occasionally small mammals, birds, eggs, reptiles, and insects.

    Tarzan of the Apes

  • During his incarnation, he taught them agriculture, gave them fire, the cane, and the pisang, and now in the form of a huge bird sweeps over the heavens, watching his children and watering their crops, admonishing them of his presence by the mighty sound of his voice, the rustling of his wings, and the flash of his eye.

    The Myths of the New World A Treatise on the Symbolism and Mythology of the Red Race of America

  • While reflecting thus, a happy idea occurred to the young hunter; and he was seen all at once to step a pace or two back, and place himself behind the broad leaves of a wild _pisang_, where he was hidden from the eyes of the bear.

    Bruin The Grand Bear Hunt


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