plantain

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Common plantain (Plantago)

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From Anglo-Norman plainteine et al., Old French plaintain, from Latin plantaginem (plantain), accusative of plantāgō, from planta (sole), because of the broad, flat shape of the plantain leaves.

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plantain (plural plantains)

  1. A plant of the genus Plantago, with a rosette of sessile leaves about 10 cm long with a narrow part instead of a petiole, and with a spike inflorescence with the flower spacing varying widely among the species. See also psyllium.
    • 1653, Nicholas Culpeper, The English Physician Enlarged, Folio Society 2007, p. 225:
      The roots of Plantain and Pellitory of Spain beaten to powder and put into hollow teeth, takes away the pains of them.
    • 2003, Michael Hofmann, translating Ernst Jünger, Storm of Steel, Penguin 2004, p. 41:
      The paths too are overgrown, but easily identified by the presence on them of round-leaved plantains.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Spanish plantano, obsolete variant of plátano, from Galibi Carib platana (banana).

plantain (Musa)fruit slices frying

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plantain (plural plantains)

  1. A plant in the genus Musa, the genus that includes banana, but with lower sugar content than banana.
  2. The fruit of the plant, usually cooked before eating and used like potatoes.
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From Latin plantago, plantaginem.

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plantain m (plural plantains)

  1. plantain, any plant of genus Plantago

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin plantago, plantaginem.

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plantain m (oblique plural plantains, nominative singular plantains, nominative plural plantain)

  1. plantain, any plant of genus Plantago