banana family

noun
the plant family Musaceae, characterized by large treelike herbaceous plants of tropical regions, having a trunk formed by spiraling leaf sheaths, and bearing large leaves, flower clusters above leathery red-to-purple bracts, and fleshy fruit in clusters, including the banana and plantain.
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The vast bulk of the banana family is made up of the starchy cooking bananas and plantains grown as a staple.
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