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 Breakfast, including delicious sourdough rolls and banana bread, is homemade, and the owners are available to chat and offer advice about the city. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 Today, American bakers search online for banana bread recipes more often than any other bread. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 15 Apr. 2022 The banana bread had gorgeous, even coloring, despite being a little dry., 15 Apr. 2022 Martinez de Aragon makes pastries like banana bread and cornbread. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 12 Apr. 2022 Menu includes crabcake benedict, French toast casserole, banana-bread waffle and maple-glazed salmon. cleveland, 9 Apr. 2022 Some people got banana bread or all these different things. Essence, 4 Apr. 2022 Our recipe for chocolate banana bread is sure to satisfy with a single slice or try chocolate lace sandwich cookies. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, 25 Mar. 2022 Throw an unripe avocado into a paper bag with a ripe banana, fold down the opening, and leave it at room temperature on your countertop for a day or two to accelerate the avocado ripening process. Antara Sinha, Bon Appétit, 8 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 20 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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