banana

noun, often attributive ba·nana \ bə-ˈna-nə , especially British -ˈnä- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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 botany : any of several widely cultivated perennial herbs (genus Musa of the family Musaceae, the banana family) bearing bananas in compact pendent bunches
  • a hammock slung between two banana trees

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Origin and Etymology of banana

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



BANANA Defined for English Language Learners

banana

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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

noun ba·nana \ bə-ˈna-nə \

Definition of banana for Students

: 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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