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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Recent Examples on the Web GoNanas mixes make the perfect Mother’s Day gift for the mom who wants to experience the joy of baking banana bread with none of the work. Anna Haines, Forbes, "The Best Sweet Treats For The Health-Conscious Mom," 5 May 2021 What about a banana bread that uses the flesh and the peel? Washington Post, "Cut waste and boost flavor with recipes that use the whole vegetable," 23 Apr. 2021 There's also a breakfast bundle: two croissants, two muffins, two scones, two slices of banana bread, a bag of coffee and a jar of jam ($45). Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "Celebrate Mother's Day with these 7 Twin Cities bakeries," 23 Apr. 2021 The menu will feature pizza of course, but also meatball sandwiches, grinders, chicken wings with a variety of traditional sauces, old fashioned milk shakes, and banana splits. cleveland, "Two new restaurants coming in familiar locations: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 10 Oct. 2020 Ashley Cleveland was 8 years old, walking through Sequoia National Park, when a park ranger pointed out a banana slug dragging itself across the forest floor. The Salt Lake Tribune, "‘We hike to heal’: Utahn encourages people of color to explore the outdoors," 16 Sep. 2020 This species of banana slug lives on the floor of coastal rainforests all the way south to California. Anchorage Daily News, "A look at the banana slugs that ooze over coastal Alaska," 1 Aug. 2020 But if a player gets hurt away from the facility — working out on his own, playing basketball, slipping on a banana peel, etc., "Offseason workouts a sticking point between NFL and NFLPA," 17 Apr. 2021 Earlier in the day, Philonise Floyd took the witness stand and lovingly recalled how his older brother used to make the best banana mayonnaise sandwiches. Fox News, "LIVE UPDATES: Derek Chauvin murder trial continues Tuesday," 13 Apr. 2021

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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 15 May. 2021.

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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


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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