rav·​e·​na·​la | \ ˌravəˈnālə \

Definition of ravenala

1 capitalized : a genus of tropical woody plants (family Musaceae) having tall trunks, oblong distichous very long-stalked leaves, and large flowers with three sepals and three petals followed by woody 3-valved capsules — see traveler's-tree
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Ravenala

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New Latin, from a native name in Madagascar

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“Ravenala.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ravenala. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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