A tropical fruit with edible yellow fruit that is used to make pina coladas and that is typically put on Hawaiian pizza is an example of a pineapple.
- a juicy, edible tropical fruit somewhat resembling a pine cone: it consists of the fleshy inflorescence of a collective fruit developed from a spike of flowers
- the terrestrial plant (Ananas comosus) of the pineapple family on which it grows, having a short stem and spiny-edged, recurved leaves
- Slang a hand grenade shaped like a small pineapple
Origin of pineappleMiddle English pinappel, pine cone (see pine and amp; apple): mod. sense from shape of the fruit
- a. A tropical American plant (Ananas comosus) having large swordlike leaves and a large, fleshy, edible, multiple fruit with a terminal tuft of leaves.b. The fruit of this plant.
- Slang A hand grenade.
Origin of pineappleMiddle English pinappel, pine cone : pine, pine; see pine1 + appel, apple; see apple.
- A tropical plant, Ananas comosus, native to South America, having thirty or more long, spined and pointed leaves surrounding a thick stem.
- The ovoid fruit of the pineapple plant, which has very sweet white or yellow flesh, a tough, spiky shell and a tough, fibrous core.
- (slang) A hand grenade.
- (slang) An Australian fifty dollar note.
From Middle English pinappel (“pinecone", literally “pine-apple/pine-fruit"), equivalent to pine +"Ž apple. Later applied to the fruit of the pineapple plant due to its resemblance to a pinecone. Compare the post-Classical Latin pomum pini, the Old French pume de pin, the Middle French and French pomme de pin, the Middle Dutch and Dutch pÄ³nappel, the Middle Low German pinappel, the Old High German pÄ«napful, the Middle High German pÄ«naphel, and the early Modern German pinapfel "” all in the sense of “pine cone".