Origin of plantainOld French from Classical Latin plantago from planta, sole of the foot (see plant): from the shape of the leaves
- a hybrid banana plant (Musa × paradisiaca) that is widely cultivated in the Western Hemisphere
- the large, firm, curved fruit of this plant: in tropical areas, it is usually cooked while green, before the starch has converted into sugar
Origin of plantainaltered (prob. influenced, influence by plantain) from Spanish plátano, banana tree, literally , plane tree ( from Classical Latin platanus: see plane), probably misused for native name (as in Carib balatana)
Origin of plantainMiddle English from Old French from Latin plantāgō plantāgin- from planta sole of the foot (from its broad leaves) ; see plat- in Indo-European roots.
- Any of several varieties of banana, especially Musa &botx;paradisiaca, having edible, starchy, elongated fruit.
- The fruit of this plant, usually eaten cooked.
Origin of plantainSpanish plátano, plántano plane tree, plantain from Latin platanus ; see plane 4.
From Anglo-Norman plainteine et al., Old French plaintain, from Latin plantaginem (“plantain"), accusative of plantÄgÅ, from planta (“sole"), because of the broad, flat shape of the plantain leaves.
From Spanish plantano, obsolete variant of plÃ¡tano, from Galibi Carib platana (“banana").
- Of fruit trees the banana and plantain are plentiful and of unusual size.
- A common and handsome bird is the blue plantain-eater (Corythaeola).
- Plantain occurs in several varieties; it is in part a cheap and healthful substitute for bread, which is also made from the bitter cassava, after the poison is extracted.
- In Belgium and the north of France flat ropes of aloe fibre (Manila hemp or plantain fibre) are in high repute, being considered preferable by many colliery managers to wire, in spite of their great weight.
- Blue flag, snake root, ginseng, lobelia, tansy, wormwood, wintergreen, pleurisy root, plantain, burdock, sarsaparilla and horehound are among its medicinal plants.