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plantain

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noun plan·tain \ˈplan-tən\

Definition of plantain

  1. :  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



Origin and Etymology 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


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noun plan·tain \plan-ˈtān, ˈplan-ˌtān, ˈplan-tən\

Definition of plantain

  1. 1 :  the angular greenish starchy fruit of the plantain that is a staple food in the tropics when cooked

  2. 2 :  a banana plant (Musa paradisiaca)



Origin and Etymology 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


PLANTAIN Defined for Kids

plantain

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noun plan·tain \ˈplan-tən\

Definition of plantain for Students

  1. :  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

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noun plan·tain \ˈplant-ən\

Medical Definition of plantain

  1. :  any plant of the genus Plantago




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