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ba·nan·a

 (bə-năn′ə)
n.
1. Any of several treelike plants of the genus Musa, especially M. acuminata, having a terminal crown of large, entire leaves and a hanging cluster of fruits.
2. The elongated, edible fruit of these plants, having a thick yellowish to reddish skin and whitish, pulpy flesh.

[Portuguese and Spanish, from Wolof, Mande, and Fulani.]

banana

(bəˈnɑːnə)
n
1. (Plants) any of several tropical and subtropical herbaceous treelike plants of the musaceous genus Musa, esp M. sapientum, a widely cultivated species propagated from suckers and having hanging clusters of edible fruit
2. (Plants) the crescent-shaped fruit of any of these plants. Compare plantain2
[C16: from Spanish or Portuguese, of African origin]

ba•nan•a

(bəˈnæn ə)

n., pl. -nan•as.
1. a tropical plant of the genus Musa, certain species of which are cultivated for their nutritious fruit.
2. the fruit, esp. that of M. paradisiaca, with yellow or reddish rind.
[1590–1600; < Sp < Portuguese < a West African language (compare Wolof, Malinke banana, Vai (Mande language of Liberia) bana)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.banana - any of several tropical and subtropical treelike herbs of the genus Musa having a terminal crown of large entire leaves and usually bearing hanging clusters of elongated fruitsbanana - any of several tropical and subtropical treelike herbs of the genus Musa having a terminal crown of large entire leaves and usually bearing hanging clusters of elongated fruits
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Musa, Musa - type genus of the Musaceae: bananas
dwarf banana, Musa acuminata - low-growing Asian banana tree cultivated especially in the West Indies for its clusters of edible yellow fruit
Japanese banana, Musa basjoo - Asiatic banana plant cultivated especially as a foliage plant in Japan
Musa paradisiaca, plantain tree, plantain - a banana tree bearing hanging clusters of edible angular greenish starchy fruits; tropics and subtropics
edible banana, Musa paradisiaca sapientum - widely cultivated species of banana trees bearing compact hanging clusters of commercially important edible yellow fruit
Musa textilis, abaca, Manila hemp - Philippine banana tree having leafstalks that yield Manila hemp used for rope and paper etc
2.banana - elongated crescent-shaped yellow fruit with soft sweet fleshbanana - elongated crescent-shaped yellow fruit with soft sweet flesh
edible fruit - edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
dwarf banana, Musa acuminata - low-growing Asian banana tree cultivated especially in the West Indies for its clusters of edible yellow fruit
edible banana, Musa paradisiaca sapientum - widely cultivated species of banana trees bearing compact hanging clusters of commercially important edible yellow fruit

banana

noun
go bananas go crazy, go nuts (slang), go insane, go bonkers (slang, chiefly Brit.), go mental (slang), go barmy (slang), go loopy (informal), go round the bend (Brit. slang), go frantic, go batty (slang), go doolally (slang), go round the twist (Brit. slang), go nutty (slang) People went bananas with boredom.
Translations
банан
banánbanánovníkbanánový
banan
banano
banaan
banaani
banana
banán
pisang
banani
バナナ
바나나
bananas
banāns
വാഴപ്പഴം
banană
banánbanánovník
bananabananovec
banan
กล้วย
банан
quả chuối

banana

[bəˈnɑːnə]
A. N (= fruit) → plátano m, banana f (LAm); (= tree) → platanero m, banano m (LAm)
B. CPD banana boat Nbarco m bananero
banana republic Nrepública f bananera
banana skin Npiel f de plátano (fig) → problema m no previsto
banana tree Nplatanero m, banano m (LAm)

banana

[bəˈnɑːnə]
n (= fruit) → banane f
a bunch of bananas → un régime de bananes
modif
(relating to banana plants) [leaf] → de bananier; [industry, plantation] → bananier/ière
banana grower → producteur/trice m/f de bananes
(= made from bananas) [pudding, cake, sandwich] → à la banane
see also bananasbanana peel (US) npeau f de bananebanana republic (offensive) nrépublique f bananière

banana

nBanane f

banana

in cpdsBananen-;
banana plantation
banana republic

banana

:
banana skin
nBananenschale f; to slip on a banana (fig)über eine Kleinigkeit stolpern
banana split
n (Cook) → Bananensplit nt
banana tree

banana

[bəˈnɑːnə] n (fruit) → banana; (tree) → banano

banana

(bəˈnaːnə) noun
the long curved fruit, yellow-skinned when ripe, of a type of very large tropical tree.

banana

مَوْز banán banan Banane μπανάνα plátano banaani banane banana banana バナナ 바나나 banaan banan banan banana банан banan กล้วย muz quả chuối 香蕉

banana

n. banana, plátano.

banana

n plátano, banana (Arg, Ecu, Esp), banano (Col), guineo (Carib)
References in classic literature ?
Early in the morning Rikki-tikki came to early breakfast in the veranda riding on Teddy's shoulder, and they gave him banana and some boiled egg.
Bruno ran eagerly to the wall, and picked a fruit that was shaped something like a banana, but had the colour of a strawberry.
With care and elaboration they ornamented that tree's lower branches with sugar-topped biscuits, oranges, bits of banana, and marrons glares till it looked very ape's path to Paradise.
The thin silk of the sleeping-suit tore out: Hans stepped back unconcernedly, to pluck a banana from a bunch hanging close to one of the boats.
Coconut palms, banana trees, and lofty breadfruit trees gave food and sun-shelter.
Who can doubt that these qualities are united in the banana, the cocoa-nut, the many kinds of palm, the orange, and the bread-fruit tree?
He was no fool though, though a futile idler; he was curiously clever at all kinds of things that couldn't be the slightest use; a sort of impromptu conjuring; making fifteen matches set fire to each other like a regular firework; or cutting a banana or some such thing into a dancing doll.
Elizabeth's first act, when he had gone, was to fetch a banana from the ice-box.
I pro posed to give him eighteen dollars for his local knowledge; and all the time I was speaking he kept on considering attentively the various aspects of the banana, holding first one side up to his eye, then the other.
They stopped under a clump of bananas, the fruit of which, as healthy as bread and as succulent as cream, was amply partaken of and appreciated.
Those glorious bunches of bananas, which once decorated our stern and quarter-deck, have, alas, disappeared
On the morning after her arrival, the ship was surrounded by canoes and pirogues, filled with the islanders of both sexes, bringing off supplies of fruits and vegetables, bananas, plantains, watermelons, yams, cabbages and taro.