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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Banana  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  banana 
  n  1:  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  [syn:  {banana  tree}] 
  2:  elongated  crescent-shaped  yellow  fruit  with  soft  sweet  flesh 




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