banana

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See also: BANANA, banană, banāna, and banānā

English[edit]

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Four different types of bananas. The larger yellow bananas on the far right are commercially dominant Cavendish bananas.

Etymology[edit]

From Wolof banaana, via Spanish or Portuguese.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

banana (countable and uncountable, plural bananas)

  1. An elongated curved tropical fruit that grows in bunches and has a creamy flesh and a smooth skin.
    1. (US, Canada, and Europe) Especially, the sweet, yellow fruit of the Cavendish banana cultivar.
  2. The tropical tree-like plant which bears clusters of bananas. The plant, usually of the genus Musa but sometimes also including plants from Ensete, has large, elongated leaves and is related to the plantain.
  3. (uncountable) A yellow colour, like that of a banana's skin.
    Pantone banana colour:    
  4. (mildly pejorative, slang, ethnic slur) A person of Asian descent, especially a Chinese American, who has assimilated into Western culture or married a Caucasian (from the "yellow" outside and "white" inside). Compare coconut (assimilated Hispanic or Black) or Oreo (Black person who is "black outside" and "white inside").

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Antonyms[edit]

  • (Asian assimilated into Western culture): egg (Western assimilated into Asian culture)

Coordinate terms[edit]

  • (Asian assimilated into Western culture): coconut

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Adjective[edit]

banana (not comparable)

  1. Curved like a banana, especially of a ball in flight.
    • 2001, Rayne Barton, The Green Hills Golf Chronicles, page 155, ISBN 0738847917.
      Even the lowly banana ball, the bane of so many weekenders, sometimes can be exactly right, as in this case.
    • 2002, Andrew Collins, Guild of Honor, page 53, ISBN 1403371490.
      He played the fading, low-banana shot as planned, and the ball whistled left of the oak tree and between the pines.
    • 2006, Richard Witzig, The Global Art of Soccer, page 247, ISBN 0977668800.
      [...]Bernd Schneider closed the scoring in injury-time with a 23 meter free-kick banana shot into the upper-right corner.

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Asturian[edit]

Noun[edit]

banana f (plural bananes)

  1. banana (fruit)

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Catalan[edit]

Noun[edit]

banana f (plural bananes)

  1. banana (fruit)

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Cornish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Revived Middle Cornish) IPA(key): [baˈnaːna]
  • (Revived Late Cornish) IPA(key): [bəˈnæːnɐ]

Noun[edit]

banana m (plural bananas)

  1. banana

Mutation[edit]


French[edit]

Verb[edit]

banana

  1. third-person singular past historic of bananer

Galician[edit]

Noun[edit]

banana f (plural bananas)

  1. banana (fruit)

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Icelandic[edit]

Noun[edit]

banana

  1. definite accusative plural of bani

Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Wolof banaana.

Noun[edit]

banana m (genitive singular banana, nominative plural bananaí)

  1. banana

Declension[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
banana bhanana mbanana
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

banana f (plural banane)

  1. banana (fruit)

Noun[edit]

banana m (invariable)

  1. banana (color)

Adjective[edit]

banana (invariable)

  1. banana

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Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

banana

  1. rōmaji reading of バナナ

Lower Sorbian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Wolof banaana.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

banana f

  1. banana

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

  • banana in Manfred Starosta (1999): Dolnoserbsko-nimski słownik / Niedersorbisch-deutsches Wörterbuch. Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag.

Maltese[edit]

Noun[edit]

banana f

  1. banana

Portuguese[edit]

bananas

Etymology[edit]

Uncertain. Possibly from Wolof banaana (banana) or Arabic بَنَان (banān, fingertip, banana).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

banana f (plural bananas)

  1. banana (fruit)
  2. banana (plant)
  3. (informal) penis

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Romanian[edit]

Noun[edit]

banana f (singular, nominative/accusative, definite form of banană)

  1. the banana

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish, from Portuguese, from Wolof banaana.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /banǎːna/
  • Hyphenation: ba‧na‧na

Noun[edit]

banána f (Cyrillic spelling бана́на)

  1. banana

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

  • banana” in Hrvatski jezični portal

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

banana f (plural bananas)

  1. banana (fruit)

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Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

English banana

Noun[edit]

banana

  1. banana
    • 1995, John Verhaar, Toward a reference grammar of Tok Pisin: an experiment in corpus linguistics[1], ISBN 0-8248-1672-2, page 433:
      Mekim olsem pinis, orait tupela i planim taro na banana, na kumu, painap, kon, tomato, na kaukau tu.
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Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English banana, from Wolof banaana.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

banana f (plural bananas)

  1. banana

Synonyms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
banana fanana manana unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.