ba·​nana | \ bə-ˈna-nə How to pronounce banana (audio) , 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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Examples of banana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Farmers had been growing coffee more or less the same way since the days after the revolution, in very small garden plots where the trees seeded themselves naturally, mixed with banana and orange trees, as well as vegetables. New York Times, 20 May 2022 Fruit, such as apple or orange, blueberries, banana, etc. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 5 May 2022 Dinner consists of two hot dogs, a cup of broccoli, half a cup of carrots, half a banana, and half a cup of vanilla ice cream. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 30 Apr. 2022 Back then Martin always wanted a cone of banana and strawberry shave ice plus a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the bottom, which would melt into a fruity, creamy pool. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 That might include a breakfast of whole grain toast with peanut butter and a smoothie made from banana and oat milk. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 The Pitaya Bowl is bright pink and made with red dragon fruit, banana and fresh strawberries topped with keto granola, cut strawberries, shredded coconut and raw organic honey. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2022 Apples and bananas emit this gas as well, so when hard avocados are paired with an apple or banana inside a paper bag, the ethylene becomes more concentrated, therefore yielding ripe avocados faster Don't have fruit? Amy Mitchell, Country Living, 20 Apr. 2022 Plant citrus, guava, banana and other heat-lovers now. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Banana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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ba·​nana | \ bə-ˈna-nə How to pronounce banana (audio) \

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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