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banana

  

      n  
1    any of several tropical and subtropical herbaceous treelike plants of the musaceous genus Musa, esp. M. sapientum, a widely cultivated species propagated from suckers and having hanging clusters of edible fruit  
2    the crescent-shaped fruit of any of these plants  
   Compare       plantain   2  
     (C16: from Spanish or Portuguese, of African origin)  


banana belt  
      n     (Canadian)  
informal   a region with a warm climate, esp. one in Canada  
Banana bender  
      n     (Austral)  
slang, offensive   a native or inhabitant of Queensland,   (Also called)    Bananalander  
banana oil  
      n  
1    a solution of cellulose nitrate in pentyl acetate or a similar solvent, which has a banana-like smell  
2       a nontechnical name for       pentyl acetate  
banana plug  
      n     (Electrical engineering)   a small single-conductor electrical plug having a curved metal spring along its shank used to hold it in its socket  
banana republic  
      n  
Informal and derogatory   a small country, esp. in Central America, that is politically unstable and has an economy dominated by foreign interest, usually dependent on one export, such as bananas  
banana skin  
      n  
1    the soft outer covering of a banana  
2    Informal   something unforeseen that causes an obvious and embarrassing mistake  
     (sense 2 from the common slapstick joke of a person slipping after treading on a banana skin)  
banana split  
      n   a dish of ice cream and banana cut in half lengthwise, usually topped with syrup, nuts, whipped cream, etc.  
top banana  
      n  
Slang     (chiefly U.S.)  
1    the leading comedian in vaudeville, burlesque, etc.  
2    the leader; boss  
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