pineapple

noun pine·ap·ple \ ˈpī-ˌna-pəl \
|Updated on: 18 Jul 2018

Definition of pineapple

1 a : 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

  1. a can of chopped pineapple

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First Known Use of pineapple

1624

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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PINEAPPLE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of pineapple for English Language Learners

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


PINEAPPLE Defined for Kids

pineapple

noun pine·ap·ple \ ˈpī-ˌna-pəl \

Definition of pineapple for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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