from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various plants of the genus Plantago that produce dense spikes of small greenish flowers, especially either of two Eurasian weeds, P. major or P. lanceolata. Also called ribwort.
- n. A large, tropical, treelike herb (Musa paradisiaca) of southeast Asia, resembling the banana and bearing similar fruit.
- n. The fruit of this plant, used as a staple food in tropical regions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A plant of the genus Plantago, with a rosette of sessile leaves about 10 cm long with a narrow part instead of a petiole, and with a spike inflorescence with the flower spacing varying widely among the species. See also psyllium.
- n. A plant in the genus Musa, the genus that includes banana, but with lower sugar content than banana.
- n. The fruit of the plant, usually cooked before eating and used like potatoes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A treelike perennial herb (Musa paradisiaca) of tropical regions, bearing immense leaves and large clusters of the fruits called plantains. See musa.
- n. The fruit of this plant. It is long and somewhat cylindrical, slightly curved, and, when ripe, soft, fleshy, and covered with a thick but tender yellowish skin. The plantain is a staple article of food in most tropical countries, especially when cooked.
- n. Any plant of the genus Plantago, but especially the Plantago major, a low herb with broad spreading radical leaves, and slender spikes of minute flowers. It is a native of Europe, but now found near the abode of civilized man in nearly all parts of the world.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Plantago, especially P. major, the common or greater plantain.
- n. A tropical plant, Musa paradisaca or its fruit.
- n. Plantago aristata, a species with very narrow leaves and long narrow bracts, native mostly west of the Mississippi but now a common weed eastward from Maine to Georgia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. starchy banana-like fruit; eaten (always cooked) as a staple vegetable throughout the tropics
- n. a banana tree bearing hanging clusters of edible angular greenish starchy fruits; tropics and subtropics
- n. any of numerous plants of the genus Plantago; mostly small roadside or dooryard weeds with elliptic leaves and small spikes of very small flowers; seeds of some used medicinally
Love your combination, the fried plantain is a perfect touch. anna maria on March 14th, 2010 at 9: 34 pm
The skin of the plantain is dried and then roasted in a clay oven in order to achieve a particular color, texture and smell.
The sub-species _sapientum_ (formerly regarded as a distinct species _M. sapientum_) is the source of the fruits generally known in England as bananas, and eaten raw, while the name plantain is given to forms of the species itself _M. paradisiaca_, which require cooking.
Actually, I think a plantain is a weird little banana...
The kind of banana called plantain is grown as a food crop in forest regions.
_ -- "I am quite surprised that you did not see at once, they are only gigantic 'fighting cocks,' as we used to call plantain in our youth."
On this he feeds his family, for the plantain is the Puerto Rican peasant's bread.
It is said that the specific name _paradisiaca_ is derived, either from a supposition that the plantain was the forbidden fruit of Eden , or from an Arabic legend that Adam and Eve made their first aprons of the leaves of this tree, which grow to a length of five to six feet, with a width of 12 to 14 inches.
Indeed, I detected certain palms that I was morally certain were coconut palms, while, unless my eyes deceived me, I believed I could also descry foliage that strongly suggested the idea of plantain or banana trees.
The banana proper is eaten raw, as a fruit, and is allowed accordingly to ripen thoroughly before being picked for market; the plantain, which is the true food-stuff of all the equatorial region in both hemispheres, is gathered green and roasted as a vegetable, or, to use the more expressive West Indian negro phrase, as a bread-kind.