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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The Tropical Room has a pond filled with koi, goldfish, and turtles, as well as banana trees, papaya trees, and Cycads, a plant species older than the dinosaurs. Myrna Petlicki,, "Have old-fashioned family fun at Oak Park Fall Fest," 14 Sep. 2019 But that evaluation might be unfair, given that so much of our courtship behavior is just bananas. Karen Hopkin, Scientific American, "Monogamy May Be Written in Our Genes," 14 Sep. 2019 Press banana candy into chocolate frosting as the beak. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Flying Crow Cupcake," 12 Sep. 2019 The Category Five, with Appleton rum, banana liqueur, orange, lime, spiced cherry and bitters, is discounted to $5 during rainy weather. Leeanne Griffin,, "Tyler Anderson moves into New Haven, manning not one, but two restaurants at The Blake Hotel," 9 Sep. 2019 Sip on the Iron Man Cocktail at the bar or chow down in the vast main dining room, with its banana tree mural. Dwight Brown, Essence, "ESSENCE Eats: The New York Fashion Week Edition," 7 Sep. 2019 During filming, Rashad blew away celebrity judges like Marcus Samuelsson with his fried soft-shell crab with banana ketchup. San Francisco Chronicle, "Rashad Armstead fills a bag of French fries at his restaurant, Grammie's Down-Home Chicken, in Oakland.," 30 Aug. 2019 But banana shipments have been used to peddle cocaine before. Hillary Leung, Time, "More Than $1 Million in Cocaine Was Found in Banana Shipments Bound for Grocery Stores," 24 Aug. 2019 Thousands of products from farms that met standards for sustainability have earned the seal -- including coffee, chocolate and bananas. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Here's what we know about the fires in the Amazon rainforest," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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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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