banana

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noun, often attributive ba·nana \bə-ˈna-nə, especially British -ˈnä-\

Definition of banana

  1. 1 :  an elongated usually tapering tropical fruit with soft pulpy flesh enclosed in a soft usually yellow rind

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

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Origin and Etymology of banana

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


First Known Use: 1597



BANANA Defined for English Language Learners

banana

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noun, often attributive ba·nana \bə-ˈna-nə, especially British -ˈnä-\

Definition of banana for English Language Learners

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


BANANA Defined for Kids

banana

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noun ba·nana \bə-ˈna-nə\

Definition of banana for Students

  1. :  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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