Definitions for Bananabəˈnæn ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ba•nan•abəˈnæn ə(n.)(pl.)-nan•as.

  1. a tropical plant of the genus Musa, certain species of which are cultivated for their nutritious fruit.

    Category: Plants

  2. the fruit, esp. that of M. paradisiaca, with yellow or reddish rind.

    Category: Plants

Origin of banana:

1590–1600; < Sp < Pg < a West African language (cf. Wolof, Malinke banana, Vai (Mande language of Liberia) bana)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. banana, banana tree(noun)

    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

  2. banana(noun)

    elongated crescent-shaped yellow fruit with soft sweet flesh

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. banana(noun)əˈnæn ə

    a curved yellow fruit

Wiktionary

  1. banana(Noun)

    An elongated curved fruit, which grows in bunches, and has a sweet creamy flesh and a smooth yellow skin.

  2. banana(Noun)

    The tropical treelike plant which bears clusters of bananas. The plant, of the genus Musa, has large, elongated leaves and is related to the plantain.

  3. banana(Noun)

    A person of Asian descent, especially a Chinese American, who has assimilated into Western culture or married a Caucasian (from the u201Cyellowu201D outside and u201Cwhiteu201D inside). Compare coconut.

  4. banana(Adjective)

    Flavoured with bananas.

  5. banana(Adjective)

    Of the colour of bananas.

  6. Origin: From banaana, via or .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Banana(noun)

    a perennial herbaceous plant of almost treelike size (Musa sapientum); also, its edible fruit. See Musa

Freebase

  1. Banana

    A banana is an edible fruit produced by several kinds of large herbaceous flowering plants of the genus Musa. The fruit is variable in size, color and firmness, but is usually elongated and curved, with soft flesh rich in starch covered with a rind which may be yellow, purple or red when ripe. The fruits grow in clusters hanging from the top of the plant. Almost all modern edible parthenocarpic bananas come from two wild species – Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. The scientific names of most cultivated bananas are Musa acuminata, Musa balbisiana, and Musa × paradisiaca for the hybrid Musa acuminata × M. balbisiana, depending on their genomic constitution. The old scientific name Musa sapientum is no longer used. Musa species are native to tropical South and Southeast Asia, and are likely to have been first domesticated in Papua New Guinea. They are grown in at least 107 countries, primarily for their fruit, and to a lesser extent to make fiber, banana wine and as ornamental plants. In 2013 bananas were fourth among the main world food crops in financial value.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Banana' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4675


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

banana(noun)

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

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