plantain

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From Middle English planteyne, planteyn, from Anglo-Norman plainteine et al., Old French plaintain, from Latin plantāgō, from planta (sole of the foot), a nasalized form of Proto-Indo-European *pleth₂- (flat; to spread), 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 (4") 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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Basque[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Eventually from Latin plantaginem, accusative of plantago.

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  • IPA(key): /plantai̯n/, [plãn̪.t̪ãĩ̯n]

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plantain inan

  1. plantain
    Synonym: zainbelar

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Declension of plantain (inanimate, ending in consonant)
indefinite singular plural
absolutive plantain plantaina plantainak
ergative plantainek plantainak plantainek
dative plantaini plantainari plantainei
genitive plantainen plantainaren plantainen
comitative plantainekin plantainarekin plantainekin
causative plantainengatik plantainarengatik plantainengatik
benefactive plantainentzat plantainarentzat plantainentzat
instrumental plantainez plantainaz plantainez
inessive plantainetan plantainean plantainetan
locative plantainetako plantaineko plantainetako
allative plantainetara plantainera plantainetara
terminative plantainetaraino plantaineraino plantainetaraino
directive plantainetarantz plantainerantz plantainetarantz
destinative plantainetarako plantainerako plantainetarako
ablative plantainetatik plantainetik plantainetatik
partitive plantainik
prolative plantaintzat

Further reading[edit]

  • plantain in Euskaltzaindiaren Hiztegia, euskaltzaindia.eus
  • plantain” in Orotariko Euskal Hiztegia, euskaltzaindia.eus

French[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French plantain, from Latin plantāgō, plantāginem.

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plantain m (plural plantains)

  1. plantain, any plant of genus Plantago

Etymology 2[edit]

From banane plantain.

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plantain m (plural plantains)

  1. plantain (fruit of the genus Musa)

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin plantāgō, plantāginem.

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

  1. plantain, any plant of genus Plantago

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  • English: plantain
  • French: plantain