Origin: OFr < L plantago < planta, sole of the foot (see plant): from the shape of the leaves
Origin: altered (prob. infl. by plantain) < Sp plátano, banana tree, lit., plane tree (< L platanus: see plane), prob. misused for native name (as in Carib balatana)
See plantain in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin plantāgō, plantāgin-
Origin: , from planta, sole of the foot (from its broad leaves); see plat- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Spanish plátano, plántano, plane tree, plantain
Origin: , from Latin platanus; see plane4.
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