noun, ba·nana often attributive \bə-ˈna-nə, especially British -ˈnä-\

: a long curved fruit with a thick peel that is yellow when it is ripe

Full Definition of BANANA

:  an elongated usually tapering tropical fruit with soft pulpy flesh enclosed in a soft usually yellow rind
:  any of several widely cultivated perennial herbs (genus Musa of the family Musaceae, the banana family) bearing bananas in compact pendent bunches

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Origin of BANANA

Spanish or Portuguese; Spanish, from Portuguese, of African origin; akin to Wolof banaana banana
First Known Use: 1597

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel
BANANA Defined for Kids


noun ba·nana \bə-ˈna-nə\

Definition of BANANA for Kids

:  a fruit that is shaped somewhat like a finger, is usually yellow when ripe, and grows in bunches on a large treelike tropical plant with very large leaves
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