Definition of banana in English:

banana

noun

  • 1A long curved fruit which grows in clusters and has soft pulpy flesh and yellow skin when ripe.

    ‘a bunch of bananas’
    • ‘Towers started a fruit farm, growing bananas and avocados.’
    • ‘Her eyes widened when she saw the bright orange pumpkins, the ripe yellow bananas, silks with colors that she had never before seen.’
    • ‘Farmers grow corn, cassava, peanuts, bananas, and citrus fruits for their own consumption.’
    • ‘Carpeted by rich volcanic ash, the region's moist and misty vales cradle Panama's coffee industry and also produce some of the country's finest citrus fruits and bananas.’
    • ‘You might also want to mix in some slices of ripe bananas or the fruit of an avocado for a better deep conditioning treatment.’
    • ‘There is a vast range of specific color truths: ripe bananas are yellow; certain sunsets are golden; claret wine is claret red and so on.’
    • ‘You will feel the warmth of the sunshine, the smell of the salty sea, blending and mixing with the fragrance of flowers and the essence of bananas and ripe fruit.’
    • ‘There were two large, pastel yellow clusters of bananas on the counter.’
    • ‘Rice, bananas, and citrus fruits replaced the traditional crops of sugar, coffee, and cocoa.’
    • ‘Choose low-fiber foods such as ground meats, ripe bananas, soft cereals or refined bread.’
    • ‘Now I have a pint of hot water with a touch of lemon, then two pieces of fruit like a banana and apple.’
    • ‘The main goods produced for sale are agricultural products such as corn, sweet potatoes, bananas, and citrus fruit.’
    • ‘Oranges, apples, and bananas comprise half the fruit consumed.’
    • ‘The procedure should make artificial chemical ripening less necessary for apples, bananas and most stone fruits now treated with ethylene.’
    • ‘The favorite fresh fruits of Canadians are bananas and apples.’
    • ‘Apologies to Marcia for not bringing the agreed birthday present of a bunch of overly ripe bananas.’
    • ‘For fresh fruit, bananas, apples and pears will be high on the list of priorities, but consider chopping up fresh mango, papaya or peaches into a small pot.’
    • ‘He said when students are finished eating apples or bananas in the school they bring the cores and skins to the composter.’
    • ‘They also love ripe melons and bananas and grapes.’
    • ‘You may also eat one or two pieces of fruit, such as bananas, cantaloupe or pears.’
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  • 2

    (also banana plant, banana tree)
    The tropical and subtropical palmlike plant that bears bananas, having very large leaves but lacking a woody trunk.

    Genus Musa, family Musaceae: several species, in particular M. sapientum

    • ‘Here, people cultivate the ensete plant, which looks like a banana tree, but its trunk pulp is prepared and eaten.’
    • ‘I heard of one gardener in North Carolina who protected his banana plant in his front yard by surrounding the plant with bags and bags of leaves.’
    • ‘Vivienne's smile turned wistful and she turned to snap a picture of sunlight filtering through the leaves of a banana tree.’
    • ‘I've read on one website that in the Stone Age, magic properties were concealed in the leaves of a banana tree.’
    • ‘He would cut the leaves off the banana tree and place them on the ground.’
    • ‘The dough is wrapped in the broad leaf of the banana plant, which is singed in boiling water and allowed to steam until cooked.’
    • ‘A few years ago the former policewoman, who once lived in Arizona, US, planted a banana plant in a pot.’
    • ‘A banana plant in our back yard has produced green fruit about 7 inches long.’
    • ‘The effigy is usually a banana tree trunk dressed up in expensive clothes and made to look like a real human figure wearing a hat or crown, though the face is covered with cloth.’
    • ‘In the cemetery complex, a banana tree stands, but it is not an ordinary banana tree.’
    • ‘Leaves of the drumstick plant and the core stump of the banana plant, which are available locally, are a rich source of nutrients and fibres.’
    • ‘The banana plant is actually a giant weed of the tropical jungle that grows with incredible speed.’
    • ‘For some reason the Spaniards saw a likeness between the banana tree and the totally different plane tree, which is how the plantain got its confusing name.’
    • ‘At the side of the house I had a pomegranate tree that bore more than thirty fruit every season and a banana tree that never produced a thing.’
    • ‘Konglang taught the crew to cook rice in a length of bamboo and how to hollow out the core of a banana tree for fresh water.’
    • ‘I take one plant that has a really good, striking form and then design around it, such as my banana tree.’
    • ‘The whole scene takes place beneath the boughs of a pine tree, the trunk of which, along with a garden rock and a banana tree, fills the left half of the composition.’
    • ‘Pinzote, the stalk of the banana tree, was once dumped into Costa Rican rivers, but is now made into smooth, faintly speckled paper.’
    • ‘The ceremony included the setting up of a very colourful tree - resembling a banana tree, which had a number of colourful dolls hanging from the leaves.’
    • ‘As it is we only lost a banana tree, a few shrubs and a section of the fence.’

adjective

bananas
  • 1informal Insane or extremely silly.

    ‘I've spent two months in a studio—I must be bananas’
    1. 1.1Extremely angry or excited.
      ‘she went bananas when I said I was going to leave the job’

Phrases

    top banana
    informal
    • The most important person in an organization or activity.

    second banana
    informal
    • The second most important person in an organization or activity.

Origin

Late 16th century via Portuguese or Spanish from Mande.

Pronunciation

banana

/bəˈnɑːnə/