• Banana
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n banana elongated crescent-shaped yellow fruit with soft sweet flesh
    • n banana 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Reindeer like to eat bananas
    • n Banana bȧ*nä"nȧ (Bot) A perennial herbaceous plant of almost treelike size (Musa sapientum); also, its edible fruit. See Musa.☞ 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bananas contain a natural chemical which can make a person happy. This same chemical is found in Prozac
    • n banana An endogenous plant of the genus Musa, M. sapientum, now cultivated for its fruit everywhere in the tropics. The stem-like trunk, formed of the compact sheathing leafstalks, grows to a height usually of 8 or 10 feet, bearing its oblong fruit in a dense cluster 2 or 3 feet long and sometimes weighing 70 or 80 pounds. The fruit is soft, sweetish, not highly flavored, and without seeds. It is eaten either raw or cooked. Several varieties are cultivated, differing in size, color, and flavor. After fruiting the stem decays, or is cut down, and new shoots spring from the root and produce a new crop in a few months. The fiber of the stem and leaves is of little value. The plantain, M. paradisiaca, is probably only a variety of the same species. See Musa and plantain.
    • n banana The papaw.
    • n banana Also called false banana.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Soil that is heated by geysers are now making it possible to produce bananas in Iceland
    • n Banana ba-nä′na a gigantic herbaceous plant, remarkable for its nutritious fruit.
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  • Claude D. Pepper
    Claude D. Pepper
    “A stockbroker urged me to buy a stock that would triple its value every year. I told him, At my age, I don't even buy green bananas.”
  • Clifton Fadiman
    Clifton Fadiman
    “The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.”


Banana republic - Banana republic is a term used for small countries that are dependent on a single crop or resource and governed badly by a corrupt elite.
Banana skin - (UK) A banana skin is something that is an embarrassment or causes problems.
Go bananas - If you go bananas, you are wild with excitement, anxiety, or worry.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. banana, name of the fruit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. or Port. banana, from the native name in Guinea.


In literature:

And then they had gone to a plantation and fetched from there a banana tree, with a huge bunch of ripe bananas on it.
"The Wonders of the Jungle" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
Very quickly the oven of hot stones was ready, and the game, taro and bananas covered up with leaves.
"The Call Of The South" by Louis Becke
A walk through the main street leads past a row of native houses, built on poles and shaded by banana-trees.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
So one day he added to his stock of tricks that of eating a banana while submerged.
"Joe Strong, the Boy Fish" by Vance Barnum
He called it a banana-pear tree.
"Cum Grano Salis" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Then they had bananas, a pleasant, nutritious fruit.
"The Young Berringtons" by W.H.G. Kingston
Bananas can be purchased for five cents a bunch of one hundred.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
There, amid the bananas, cocoa-nut and other fruit-trees we saw the huts of the natives.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Take half a dozen not too ripe bananas, cut them in pieces, and allow them to lie in weak salt water for a while.
"The Khaki Kook Book" by Mary Kennedy Core
Oatmeal, baked bananas, scrambled eggs, rice muffins.
"American Cookery" by Various
Whether it began with bananas, or with my giving him a pick-a-back to the top of the cliffs, I hardly know.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Eleanor pushes aside the dish of bananas, "Let us go out in the moonlight," she says.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
Equal quantities of grape fruit or oranges, bananas, apples and celery.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
There were palms and bananas in the picture.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
This fruit grows on a tender bush, which must be shaded by a thick banana palm.
"Fil and Filippa" by John Stuart Thomson
The captain was a good-humoured man and he was not of a jealous nature; it struck him as exceeding funny that Bananas should be in love.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
After he has had his coffee and some bananas or a slice of pomelo, and taken his bath, he feels tolerably alive.
"A Visit to Java" by W. Basil Worsfold
Nuts, Bananas, Sweet or Acid Fruits.
"Food for the Traveler" by Dora Cathrine Cristine Liebel Roper
Agriculture consists in the cultivation of rice, bananas, cocoanuts and coffee.
"A Soldier in the Philippines" by Needom N. Freeman
It seems that the female banana tree bears more fruit than the male, but not so large.
"Due South or Cuba Past and Present" by Maturin M. Ballou

In poetry:

Outside my window
I know it is raining--
the leaves of the banana
first know its drumming.
"An early cricket chirps" by Bai JuYi
Two Italian cellar delicatessens
sell red and green peppers.
The Florida bananas furnish a burst of yellow.
The lettuce and the cabbage give a green.
"Slants At Buffalo, New York" by Carl Sandburg
For seven long months he'd been blazing the trail,
From Texas right up to Montana,
Then he slipped off the track and slid all the way back,
On the skin of a Turkish banana.
"A Tale Of The Rockies" by Billy Bennett
She’d a wedding cake too - that comes to but few
‘Twas a bread-pudden shot with sultanas
Her wedding bouquet had been pawned for the day
So she carried a bunch of bananas.
"The Wedding That Never Was" by Billy Bennett
But they're telling bedtime stories to bananas,
And putting plums to by-by on a ship,
And they never have a notion
They have been across the ocean,
So they even miss the pleasure of the trip.
"The Banana's Lullaby" by C J Dennis
And they're telling bedtime stories to bananas,
And rocking little raspberries to rest.
They will dope an apple silly,
And it wakes in Piccadilly
From a beauty sleep that makes it look its best.
"The Banana's Lullaby" by C J Dennis

In news:

MUIR WOODS NATIONAL MONUMENT, Calif — At times, deep within this vaulted chamber of redwoods, it is almost quiet enough to hear a banana slug slither by.
Green and lush, the Live Oak Community Garden radiates outward from a lone banana tree and a compost pile that stands nearly as tall.
These tiny tubers (also referred to as Russian banana potatoes) have a thin, waxy skin and a soft buttery texture similar to Yukon Golds, only richer.
Kids find skull while spearfishing in Banana River.
Brevard County Sheriff's Office searched the Banana River on Sunday morning after a skull was fished from the water.
The bike was metallic green, which was cool, but not as cool as the banana-seat bikes that were appearing in the neighborhood.
8 cups all purpose flour 4 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 2 cups of butter (melted) 3 cups of brown sugar 8 eggs 9 cups mashed bananas.
40 pm on a Sunday night, I watched a man buy a banana from another man, and it changed everything.
It's a one-ingredient frozen dessert made with ripe bananas that has the texture of soft serve ice cream without any added fat or sugar.
"I don't know exactly who said it," he announced, spearing a hot banana with his fork , "but I agree with the quote that goes, 'Food has replaced sex in my life.
Yet from a distance I can easily sample the fragrance of the aptly named banana shrub's yellow blooms before the heat wears it down.
How busy do we have to be that we can't take the time to eat a banana.
Despite some initials groans, the traditional and tropical fruitcakes disappeared, although the tropical was declared a non- fruitcake by some because of its banana-bread base.
Rasta-banana most popular prize at boardwalk games this summer.
Williams-Sonoma will be the first nationally known home- furnishings chain on lower Broadway, known affectionately as LoBro, where it will cozy up alongside Armani A/X, Banana Republic and Dean & DeLuca.

In science:

Muno et al. (2000) found that bursts from KS 1731-26 with oscillations appear to only occur when the source is on the banana branch in the X-ray color-color diagram.
Oscillations During Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts
The new proposed method represents the items in the super market with the positive numbers (1- green apples, 2 - red apples, 3 - oranges, 4 – bananas and 5 – grapes).
An Improved Approach to High Level Privacy Preserving Itemset Mining
Note that the ‘banana’ is symmetric: within our model, we find no strong difference in the thickness of traversed medium between the trigger and the recoil parton.
Leading-particle suppression and surface emission in nucleus-nucleus collisions
It is known that two apples plus three oranges do not add up to five bananas.
Where Bell went wrong
With the addition of the SDSS data, the elongated banana shape gets pinched off.
Parameters and pitfalls in dark energy models with time varying equation of state
The nonGaussian banana-shaped posterior on w0 , w1 due to the data sets (I) are pinched off when data set (II) is used, however the distribution is still not very ellipsoidal.
Parameters and pitfalls in dark energy models with time varying equation of state
In Fig. 8, we show that, in contrast to the situation in ΛCDM model with spatial curvature, where data set I (WMAP5, HST, SNe) constrains the flatness parameters, this is not possible in C P L models; Addition of the SDSS and BBN constraints are crucial to pinching off the banana in Fig. 8.
Parameters and pitfalls in dark energy models with time varying equation of state
It is a clear realization that the US has turned from a ma jor science achiever to an exporter of raw material, a real B-republic (B is for Berkelium, not Banana). K.
Fusion11 Conference Summary
Non-linearities are essential all along the phenomenon: the instability starts near the vertical 2/1 resonance, so is associated with this resonance, it chooses to bend up or down randomly from the fluctuations, with precisely a 2/1 banana shaped mode, then it symmetrizes rapidly its vertical profile.
Stellar Dynamics and the 3D Structure of Bars
The size of the banana and its position depends on the assumed input parameters and on the error analysis which varies from paper to paper.
Theoretical review of K physics
Euclid […]; however, space is mixed with time, in order to accommodate Einstein’s two postulates.” In elementary school in my days we were told that one cannot mix oranges with bananas.
On Lee Smolin's The Trouble with Physics
We mentioned in Sect.4 the fact that 1,2,4-oxadiazoles are significant in terms of their pharmacological properties. In fact, new developments in medicine can start from liquid crystals laboratories with further investigations on boomerang and banana-oxadiazoles.
A survey of liquid crystalline oxadiazoles
We say that (S, A + B ) is a banana, if A and B meet in exactly two points, and there normally.
Rational Curves on Quasi-Projective Surfaces
In §13 we give a partial classification of Bananas and Fences.
Rational Curves on Quasi-Projective Surfaces
The configuration (S2 , A+B ) is a smooth banana (that is a banana in which both components are smooth).
Rational Curves on Quasi-Projective Surfaces