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1plantain

noun plan·tain \ˈplan-tən\

Definition of PLANTAIN

:  any of a genus (Plantago of the family Plantaginaceae, the plantain family) of herbs with basal rosettes of usually lanceolate or elliptical leaves and spikes of minute greenish flowers
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Origin of PLANTAIN

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin plantagin-, plantago, from planta sole of the foot; from its broad leaves — more at place
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with PLANTAIN

2plantain

noun

Definition of PLANTAIN

1
:  the angular greenish starchy fruit of the plantain that is a staple food in the tropics when cooked
2
:  a banana plant (Musa paradisiaca)

Origin of PLANTAIN

Spanish plántano, plátano plane tree, banana tree, from Medieval Latin plantanus plane tree, alteration of Latin platanus — more at plane
First Known Use: 1582

Rhymes with PLANTAIN

PLANTAIN Defined for Kids

plantain

noun plan·tain \ˈplan-tən\

Definition of PLANTAIN for Kids

:  the greenish fruit of a kind of banana plant that is eaten cooked and is larger, less sweet, and more starchy than the ordinary banana
Medical Dictionary

plantain

noun plan·tain \ˈplant-ən\

Medical Definition of PLANTAIN

:  any plant of the genus Plantago
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