ba·nana | \ bə-ˈna-nə , especially British -ˈnä- \

Definition of banana 

1 : an elongated usually tapering tropical fruit with soft pulpy flesh enclosed in a soft usually yellow rind a bunch of bananas slipped on a banana peel

2 : any of several widely cultivated perennial often treelike herbs (genus Musa of the family Musaceae, the banana family) bearing bananas in compact pendent bunches

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Using their iPads, the students had to decide which items — a banana peel, or plastic bottle or a milk carton, as examples — could be disposed in a landfill, in the recycle or in a compost bin. Deborah Kadin,, "'They were the rock stars': River Forest teens honored for boosting students' waste disposal practices," 10 July 2018 That ingredient in your cocktail at the new Lost Whale in Bay View, where very little is expected to go to waste, might have been made from banana peels. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Lost Whale, a green bar, is opening June 28 in Bay View," 19 June 2018 An instance where Tank Girl put a condom on a banana before throwing it at a villain—gone. Liz Ohanesian, Los Angeles Magazine, "How Tank Girl Went From Box Office Bomb to Cult Classic," 14 June 2018 Simply combine 3 mangos (peeled, pitted and chopped), 1 cup ice, 1 teaspoon honey, ¾ cup low-fat milk, and ½ a banana in a blender. Lauren Delgado,, "Refreshing summertime drinks," 11 June 2018 Throwing a too-firm avocado in a paper bag with a ripe banana will make its ripening process accelerate. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "How to Ripen Avocados When They're Too Hard," 11 June 2018 Adding a sizable portion of almond butter to my oatmeal or melting a spoonful of peanut butter over a banana in the microwave tastes ultra satisfying and usually doesn't contain refined sugar (check the ingredients list on the jar to make sure). Anthea Levi,, "3 Crazy Easy Ways to Cut Back on Sugar," 7 June 2018 Got one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel, bless his heart. Southern Living, "WATCH: 25 Things You'll Only Hear at a Southern Funeral," 29 May 2018 There also are natural remedies to treat mosquito bites, including applying toothpaste, honey, aloe vera, or even rubbing it with a banana peel. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Diseases from mosquito and tick bites are on rise in U.S. Here's what you can do about it.," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of banana

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for banana

Spanish or Portuguese; Spanish, from Portuguese, of African origin; akin to Wolof banaana banana

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English Language Learners Definition of banana

: a long curved fruit with a thick peel that is yellow when it is ripe


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Kids Definition of banana

: a fruit that is shaped somewhat like a finger, is usually yellow when ripe, and grows in bunches on a large treelike tropical plant with very large leaves

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