pineapple

noun

pine·​ap·​ple ˈpī-ˌna-pəl How to pronounce pineapple (audio)
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

Example Sentences

a can of chopped pineapple
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Word History

First Known Use

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of pineapple was in 1624

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“Pineapple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pineapple. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

pineapple

noun
pine·​ap·​ple ˈpī-ˌnap-əl How to pronounce pineapple (audio)
: a tropical plant with stiff spiny sword-shaped leaves and a short flowering stalk that develops into an edible fruit with usually pale yellow sweet juicy flesh and very thick skin
also : this fruit

Medical Definition

pineapple

noun
pine·​ap·​ple ˈpī-ˌnap-əl How to pronounce pineapple (audio)
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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