noun rav·e·na·la \ˌravəˈnālə\

Definition of ravenala

  1. 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. 2 plural -s :  any plant of the genus Ravenala

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Origin and Etymology of ravenala

New Latin, from a native name in Madagascar

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to cast off or become cast off

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