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ˈplæn tɪn, -tnplan·tain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plantainnoun

    any of numerous plants of the genus Plantago; mostly small roadside or dooryard weeds with elliptic leaves and small spikes of very small flowers; seeds of some used medicinally

  2. plantain, plantain tree, Musa paradisiacanoun

    a banana tree bearing hanging clusters of edible angular greenish starchy fruits; tropics and subtropics

  3. plantainnoun

    starchy banana-like fruit; eaten (always cooked) as a staple vegetable throughout the tropics

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Plantainnoun

    Etymology: plantain, Fr. plantago, Lat.

    The toad, being overcharged with the poison of the spider, as is ordinarily believ’d, has recourse to the plantain leaf. Henry More, Antidote against Atheism.

    The most common simples are mugwort, plantain and horsetail. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

    I long my careless limbs to lay
    Under the plantain ’s shade. Edmund Waller.


  1. plantain

    A plantain is a tropical fruit belonging to the same family as bananas. It is larger, starchier, and less sweet than bananas and is usually not eaten raw, due to its bitter taste. Instead, plantains are typically cooked or fried and are a common components in Caribbean, Central American and South American cuisines. When ripe, the exterior will be black or very dark brown, while the interior will remain creamy, white or yellow.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plantainnoun

    a treelike perennial herb (Musa paradisiaca) of tropical regions, bearing immense leaves and large clusters of the fruits called plantains. See Musa

  2. Plantainnoun

    the fruit of this plant. It is long and somewhat cylindrical, slightly curved, and, when ripe, soft, fleshy, and covered with a thick but tender yellowish skin. The plantain is a staple article of food in most tropical countries, especially when cooked

  3. Plantainnoun

    any plant of the genus Plantago, but especially the P. major, a low herb with broad spreading radical leaves, and slender spikes of minute flowers. It is a native of Europe, but now found near the abode of civilized man in nearly all parts of the world

  4. Etymology: [F., fr. L. plantago. Cf. Plant.]


  1. Plantain

    Plantain is one of the common names for herbaceous plants of the genus Musa and their fruits, the other being "banana". Cooking bananas are often informally referred to as plantains, by some cultures, but by other cultures the word plantain doesn't always refer to any cooking banana. There is no formal botanical distinction between plantains and bananas. The broadest sense of the two terms, used here, is based purely on how the fruits are consumed. Plantains are typically eaten cooked and are usually large, angular and starchy, in contrast to dessert bananas, which are typically eaten raw and are usually smaller, more rounded and sugary. In some countries, there may appear to be a clear distinction between cooking plantains and sweet bananas, but in other countries, where many more cultivated varieties are used, the differences are not so clear-cut. A subgroup of plantain cultivars may be distinguished as "true" plantains. All modern plantain cultivars have three sets of chromosomes. Many are hybrids derived from the cross of two wild species, Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. The currently accepted scientific name for all such crosses is Musa × paradisiaca. Using Simmonds and Shepherds' genome-based nomenclature system, cultivars which are used as plaintains often belong to the AAB Group, although some, like the East African Highland bananas, belong to the AAA Group, and others, such as Saba bananas, belong to the ABB Group.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plantain

    plan′tān, n. an important food-plant of tropical countries, so called from its broad leaf: a common roadside plant of several species, with broad leaves and seed-bearing spikes.—Plantain eater, one of a family of African, arboreal, vegetarian Pie-like birds. [Fr.,—L. plantago, plantaginis.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plantain in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plantain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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  • jitrocelCzech
  • vejbredDanish
  • Mehlbanane, Pisangfeige, Wegerich, Kochbanane, GemüsebananeGerman
  • plátano macho, llantén, plátanoSpanish
  • ruokabanaani, keittobanaani, ratamo, jauhobanaaniFinnish
  • plantain, banane plantain, banane farine, banane cochon, banane à cuireFrench
  • केलाHindi
  • piantaggineItalian
  • バショウ属, 車前草Japanese
  • pakopako, kaupārerarera, pārerareraMāori
  • राजेळी केळMarathi
  • weegbree, bakbanaanDutch
  • banan rajski, babka, figa rajska, banan właściwy, muza, banan zwyczajny, figa błogosławiona, pizangPolish
  • tansagem, plantago, transagem, tanchagemPortuguese
  • pătlaginăRomanian
  • подорожникRussian
  • mjölbanan, kokbanan, kämpar, pisang, strandpryl, grobladSwedish
  • வாழைTamil
  • 車前草Chinese

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