pineapple

noun
pine·ap·ple | \ ˈpī-ˌna-pəl \

Definition of pineapple 

1a : a tropical monocotyledonous plant (Ananas comosus of the family Bromeliaceae, the pineapple family) that has rigid spiny-margined recurved leaves and a short stalk with a dense oblong head of small abortive flowers

b : the large edible multiple fruit of the pineapple that consists of the sweet succulent fleshy inflorescence

2 : a hand grenade

Examples of pineapple in a Sentence

a can of chopped pineapple

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Some proceeds from this mango-pineapple-vanilla milkshake IPA’s sales benefit the Sacramento Zoo’s work with black-and-white ruffled lemurs. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "These 15 Sacramento-area beers have the cleverest names of any released in 2018," 12 July 2018 But this version was peppered with pineapple bits, and robustly seasoned. Alex Kiesig, idahostatesman, "'I love this city': Eat your way through the Capital City Public Market," 6 July 2018 Grilled peaches and pineapple seemed to be the extent of it. Heather Platt, latimes.com, "Grilling your desserts (brownies!) with pastry chef Valerie Gordon," 6 July 2018 There’s also a mozzarella bar, and for those who prefer stronger diversions, pineapple daiquiris and bottled Negronis. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Michael Schlow cooks up a taste of the Mediterranean at Eataly," 5 July 2018 Flavors are expanding beyond dusty stalwarts like pineapple to include kalamata olive, habanero chile or cumin. Kim Severson, New York Times, "Is America Ready to Love Cottage Cheese Again?," 26 June 2018 Dress the blend with spicy aioli, sweet eel sauce, pineapple sauce or sriracha. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Here's where to get a poké bowl in Indianapolis, including 5 new restaurants," 31 May 2018 What to order at Panera Bread Strawberry Poppyseed Salad with Chicken This salad consists of a base of greens topped with chicken (raised without antibiotics), fresh strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and toasted pecan pieces. Health.com, "The 4 Healthiest Menu Items at Panera Bread (Plus 3 Things to Avoid)," 13 July 2018 Produce, including garlic, onions, cauliflower, cabbage, turnips, beets, radishes, peas, sweet corn, potatoes, squash, celery, cucumbers, bananas, pineapples, strawberries, peaches, cherries, grapes, oranges and raspberries. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Taxing oxygen? It could happen. President Trump threatens wide-ranging tariffs on China," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of pineapple

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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pineapple

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pineapple

: a large fruit that grows on a tropical tree and that has thick skin and very sweet, juicy, yellow flesh

pineapple

noun
pine·ap·ple | \ ˈpī-ˌna-pəl \

Kids Definition of pineapple

: a large fruit that grows on a tropical plant and has a thick skin and sweet juicy yellow flesh

pineapple

noun
pine·ap·ple | \ ˈpī-ˌnap-əl \

Medical Definition of pineapple 

1 : a tropical monocotyledonous plant (Ananas comosus of the family Bromeliaceae, the pineapple family) that has rigid spiny-margined recurved leaves and a short stalk with a dense oblong head of small abortive flowers

2 : the multiple fruit of the pineapple that consists of the succulent fleshy inflorescence and whose juice is the source of the proteolytic enzyme bromelain

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