1590-1600; < Spanish < Portuguese (perhaps via Sp); akin to various words for banana or plantain in WAfr languages (e.g., Wolof,Malinkebanana, Vai (Mande language of Liberia) bana), but ultimate source and direction of borrowing uncertain
Most of us have no idea what it costs to stand up for workplace democracy in this brave new banana republic.
The same goes for workers on the big banana plantations.
But a new study shows that banana peels can remove metal contamination from river water.
banana trees have these tightly coiled leaves coming up, and then the banana flowers lean down over that.
Through it all, a banana watches, mocking everyone around it as complete fools.
The banana provided icy, sweet body, the yogurt creamy tartness and the milk enough liquidity to make the whole thing drinkable.
Even in a banana republic there are sufficient regulations to ensure that bank operation is safe.
He was especially slow about eating a piece of banana he would savor it for the longest time.
At top right are baskets with carrying straps, with banana leaves used as covers.
Firms are investigating plants such as bamboo, seaweed, nettles and banana stalks as raw materials for textiles.
British Dictionary definitions for banana
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
the crescent-shaped fruit of any of these plants Compare plantain2
C16: from Spanish or Portuguese, of African origin
1590s, borrowed by Sp. or Port. from a W. African word, possibly Wolof banana. The plant introduced to the New World from Africa, 1516. Top banana, second banana, etc. are 1950s, from show business slang use of banana for "comedian, especially in a burlesque show." Banana split first attested 1920. Banana oil "nonsense" is slang from c.1910.