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 plural ananas\ -​¦näz\ or less commonly anana \ ¦anə¦nä, ¦än-​ \ : any of several plants of the family Bromeliaceae: such as

a : pineapple

b : pinguin

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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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