Definitions for: Banana

[n] elongated crescent-shaped yellow fruit with soft sweet flesh
[n] 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

Webster (1913) Definition: Ba*na"na, n. [Sp. banana, name of the fruit.] (Bot.)
A perennial herbaceous plant of almost treelike size ({Musa
sapientum}); also, its edible fruit. See Musa.

Note: The banana has a soft, herbaceous stalk, with leaves of
great length and breadth. The flowers grow in bunches,
covered with a sheath of a green or purple color; the
fruit is five or six inches long, and over an inch in
diameter; the pulp is soft, and of a luscious taste,
and is eaten either raw or cooked. This plant is a
native of tropical countries, and furnishes an
important article of food.

Banana bird (Zo["o]l.), a small American bird ({Icterus
leucopteryx}), which feeds on the banana.

Banana quit (Zo["o]l.), a small bird of tropical America,
of the genus Certhiola, allied to the creepers.

Synonyms: banana tree

See Also: abaca, dwarf banana, dwarf banana, edible banana, edible banana, edible fruit, genus Musa, herb, herbaceous plant, Japanese banana, Manila hemp, Musa, Musa acuminata, Musa acuminata, Musa basjoo, Musa paradisiaca, Musa paradisiaca sapientum, Musa paradisiaca sapientum, Musa textilis, plantain, plantain tree

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