Indian plantain


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Indian plantain any of various plants of the genus Cacalia having leaves resembling those of plantain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Indian plantain (Bot) a name given to several species of the genus Cacalia, tall herbs with composite white flowers, common through the United States in rich woods.
    • Indian plantain (Bot) See under Indian.
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In literature:

The plantain pudding was almost cloying; the cakes of Indian turnip, quite palatable; and the roasted bread-fruit, crisp as toast.
"Omoo: Adventures in the South Seas" by Herman Melville
The Indians have some plantations of maize and plantains, and also breed fowls and hogs.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume X" by Robert Kerr
We took our seats around the fire, and the Indian cooked some plantains, which, with the cocoa, served us for supper.
"In New Granada" by W.H.G. Kingston
The Indians called the Plantain the "white man's foot," for it sprung up wherever he trod; the Apple tree might be called the white man's shadow.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray