ana·​nas | \in sense 1 ˈanəˌnas, əˈnanəs;in sense 2 ¦anə¦näs or ¦än- \

Definition of ananas

1 capitalized : a small genus of tropical American plants (family Bromeliaceae) having basal sword-shaped leaves, terminal racemose flowers, and large syncarpous fruits — see pineapple
2 or less commonly anana \ ¦anə¦nä , ¦än-​ \ plural ananas\ -​¦näz \ : any of several plants of the family Bromeliaceae: such as

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First Known Use of ananas

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for ananas

French or Spanish; French, from Spanish ananás, from Portuguese, modification of Tupi naná

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“Ananas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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