Definition of platano in English:


Pronunciation /ˈplatənəʊ/


US, Caribbean
  • A banana or plantain tree, especially Musa paradisiaca; the fruit of such a tree; a banana, a plantain.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Eden (c1520–1576), translator. From Spanish plátano, denoting both the tree and its fruit (also as †plantano, †plántano), probably transferred uses of plátano, †plantano, †plántano plane tree, probably on account of the broad leaves which are characteristic of both plants, although the plants are otherwise dissimilar and unrelated.