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 Bonus: to-go vials of tropical drinks incorporating flavors ranging from salted banana to avocado coconut cream. Kara Baskin,, "100 top restaurants for takeout in Boston and beyond," 11 Feb. 2021 In a blender, puree, banana and mixed berries with Almondmilk. Mara Weinraub, Good Housekeeping, "Want to Consume Less Dairy? Here’s What to Eat for Breakfast, According to a Nutritionist," 10 Feb. 2021 Other drinks are named after Jim Halpert (espresso and milk with chocolate, caramel and white chocolate), Dwight Schrute (beet latte) and Michael Scott (banana latte with chocolate and coconut), among others. Patrick Strickland, Dallas News, "Garland coffee shop debuts ‘Office’-inspired drinks, including the Dwight Schrute beet latte," 4 Feb. 2021 Mair and the other residents who got their vaccines were greeted by staffers who cheered and jingled bells while preparing banana splits. Liz Hardaway,, "‘It feels like a big relief;’ San Antonio assisted living residents get first dose of coronavirus vaccine Tuesday," 29 Dec. 2020 To make the Santa figure, skewer half a banana, a rice cake, a strawberry, and a mini marshmallow. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Festive (and Healthy!) Christmas Treats to Try This Season," 14 Dec. 2020 In the back seat, a woman was snacking on a banana. Akash Kapur, The New Yorker, "Can We See Past the Myth of the Himalaya?," 18 Jan. 2021 The doughnuts had names such as Brewster's banana pudding cake named after Brewster-Douglas Housing Projects and D-Lime-nut, a riff on Key Lime. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Dilla's Delights doughnut shop closes John R location for good," 15 Jan. 2021 Cooks are more likely to make starchy poi made from taro root; fresh lomi lomi salmon with tomatoes and onions; sushi-like musubi; or lau lau, which is pork wrapped in taro or banana leaves. The Salt Lake Tribune, "A new wave of Hawaiian restaurants has hit Utah. Here are reasons for the growing tide.," 15 Jan. 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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19 Feb 2021

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“Banana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 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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