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[pahy-nap-uh l] /ˈpaɪˌnæp əl/
the edible, juicy, collective fruit of a tropical, bromeliaceous plant, Ananas comosus, that develops from a spike or head of flowers and is surmounted by a crown of leaves.
the plant itself, having a short stem and rigid, spiny-margined, recurved leaves.
Military Slang. a fragmentation hand grenade.
Origin of pineapple
1350-1400 for earlier sense; 1655-65 for def 1; Middle English pinappel pine cone; see pine1, apple Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pineapple
  • We've grown sugarcane, pineapple, vegetables and fruits without using any pesticides and they have been healthy and delicious.
  • He had worked at an old pineapple cannery for many years and the acid had eventually worn away his fingerprints.
  • If too thick, add a little pineapple juice or extra rum, to taste.
  • For a taste of the tropics, top this burger with a combination of sweet and salty spam and pineapple.
  • We're fans of the tamarind-papaya-lime and the banana-guava-pineapple smoothies.
  • It's entertaining to swing your arms across, hacking at every flying banana or pineapple.
  • Poll a preschooler or a parent and both will tell you who lives in a pineapple under the sea.
  • Mango or pineapple yields a gustatory trip to the tropics.
  • Cooks often stick an onion or a pineapple on top of the rotisserie so that its juices drip down over the well-seasoned meat.
  • It was tequila, pineapple juice, and something else.
British Dictionary definitions for pineapple


a tropical American bromeliaceous plant, Ananas comosus, cultivated in the tropics for its large fleshy edible fruit
the fruit of this plant, consisting of an inflorescence clustered around a fleshy axis and surmounted by a tuft of leaves
(military, slang) a hand grenade
Word Origin
C14 pinappel pine cone; C17: applied to the fruit because of its appearance
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Word Origin and History for pineapple

late 14c., "pine cone," from pine (n.) + apple. The reference to the fruit of the tropical plant (from resemblance of shape) is first recorded 1660s, and pine cone emerged 1690s to replace pineapple in its original sense except in dialect. For "pine cone," Old English also used pinhnyte "pine nut."

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Slang definitions & phrases for pineapple



A fragmentation grenade or small bomb; Chicago Pineapple, Italian Football: Nobody tried to throw a pineapple in my lap

[WWI Army; fr the resemblance of a fragmentation grenade, with its deeply segmented ovoid surface, to a pineapple]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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