ananas

noun

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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of ananas was in 1600

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“Ananas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ananas. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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