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 Several dishes are listed: Almond butter cake, banana muffins, deviled eggs and baking powder biscuits. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2022 Add peanuts, banana chips and chocolate chips; beat on low just until incorporated, 30 seconds. People Staff,, 1 Aug. 2022 Videos of the scene showed terrified people squirming for safety as water levels rose in one village, toppling houses and felling banana trees. Rodney Muhumuza, ajc, 31 July 2022 Cheekily named adults-only cocktails include, from left to right, Summer Break (a prosecco spritz), Spirit Week (mezcal with hibiscus), and Ditch Day (rum and banana). Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 29 July 2022 Once inside, they’re engulfed by ferns, fire-red Heliconia plants and lush banyan and banana trees. New York Times, 29 July 2022 The soul food restaurant and bakery in Houston's historic neighborhood is the only place in town with a colossal, triple-layer pastry that stacks cheesecake, pecan pie and banana pudding cake to make one epic dessert. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 26 July 2022 Take overnight oats to the next level with the classic flavor combination of peanut butter and banana. Kelsey Ogletree, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2022 There are plenty of larger scenes that can serve as outdoor lawn decorations, or ones that use unique materials like banana fibers, glass, metal or olive wood. Kristen Adaway, Woman's Day, 24 July 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 9 Aug. 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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