plátano

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Galician[edit]

Noun[edit]

plátano m (plural plátanos)

  1. banana, plantain
  2. banana plant

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin platanus, from Ancient Greek πλάτανος (plátanos)

Noun[edit]

plátano m (plural plátanos)

  1. (Spain) sycamore, plane, a tree belonging to the genus Platanus

Etymology 2[edit]

From one of the Cariban languages, probably influenced by the tree name descended from Latin platanus

Noun[edit]

plátano m (plural plátanos)

  1. banana
  2. plantain (the plant and fruit related to banana, not the Plantago genus)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Though all are botanically the same, often banana and guineo are used specifically for sweet varieties eaten as fruit, whereas plátano is reserved for the starchy varieties (plantains) cooked and eaten more like a vegetable.
  • In Mexico however, plátano is used for both, but ‘plantains’ are qualified as plátano macho. There are also many named varieties, such as the sweet plátano manzana (apple banana), and the plantain called plátano burro.

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