A half peeled banana.
An example of a banana when it is ripe is a yellow or red piece of fruit that is long and about one inch in diameter and of a slightly bent cylindrical shape.
- any of a genus (Musa) of treelike tropical plants of the banana family, with long, broad leaves and large clusters of edible fruit; esp., any of the various hybrids widely cultivated in the Western Hemisphere
- the long, curved fruit of these plants which usually has a soft, sweet, whitish pulp and a thick, usually yellowish skin
Origin of bananaSpanish and Portuguese from native name in western Africa, as in Mande banäna
- Any of several treelike plants of the genus Musa, especially M. acuminata, having a terminal crown of large, entire leaves and a hanging cluster of fruits.
- The elongated, edible fruit of these plants, having a thick yellowish to reddish skin and whitish, pulpy flesh.
Origin of bananaPortugueseSpanish from WolofMande,Fulani
(countable and uncountable, plural bananas)
- An elongated curved fruit, which grows in bunches, and has a sweet creamy flesh and a smooth yellow skin.
- The tropical treelike plant which bears clusters of bananas. The plant, of the genus Musa, has large, elongated leaves and is related to the plantain.
- (uncountable) A yellow colour, like that of a banana's skin.
- (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”).
- Curved like a banana, especially of a ball in flight.
Attested since 1991 in Australia.