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The fine line between roaring with laughter and crying because it's a disaster is a very, very fine line. You see a chap slip on a banana skin in the street and you roar with laughter when he falls slap on his backside. If in doing so you suddenly see he's broken a leg, you very quickly stop laughing and it's not a joke anymore.
Roald Dahl

Meaning of "banana" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD BANANA

From Spanish or Portuguese, of African origin.
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PRONUNCIATION OF BANANA

banana  [bəˈnɑːnə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF BANANA

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Banana is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES BANANA MEAN IN ENGLISH?

banana

Banana

A banana is an edible fruit produced by several kinds of large herbaceous flowering plants in the genus Musa. The fruit is variable in size, color and firmness, but is usually elongated and curved, with soft flesh rich in starch covered with a rind which may be green, yellow, red, purple, or brown when ripe. The fruits grow in clusters hanging from the top of the plant. Almost all modern edible parthenocarpic bananas come from two wild species – Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. The scientific names of most cultivated bananas are Musa acuminata, Musa balbisiana, and Musa × paradisiaca for the hybrid Musa acuminata × M. balbisiana, depending on their genomic constitution. The old scientific name Musa sapientum is no longer used. Musa species are native to tropical Indomalaya and Australia, and are likely to have been first domesticated in Papua New Guinea. They are grown in at least 107 countries, primarily for their fruit, and to a lesser extent to make fiber, banana wine and banana beer and as ornamental plants.

Definition of banana in the English dictionary

The definition of banana in the dictionary is 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.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH BANANA


Africana
ˌæfrɪˈkɑːnə
Americana
əˌmɛrɪˈkɑːnə
Botswana
bʊˈtʃwɑːnə
garner
ˈɡɑːnə
Ghana
ˈɡɑːnə
Haryana
hərˈjɑːnə
Juliana
ˌdʒʊlɪˈɑːnə
kana
ˈkɑːnə
kirana
kɪˈnɑːnə
lana
ˈlɑːnə
Ljubljana
luːˈbljɑːnə
Ludhiana
ˌlʊdɪˈɑːnə
mana
ˈmɑːnə
manana
mɑːˈnɑːnə
marijuana
ˌmærɪˈhwɑːnə
nana
ˈnɑːnə
nirvana
nɪəˈvɑːnə
tana
ˈtɑːnə
Tijuana
tiːˈwɑːnə
zenana
zɛˈnɑːnə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE BANANA

banak
banal
banalisation
banalise
banality
banalization
banalize
banally
banana belt
Banana bender
banana boat
banana oil
banana peel
banana plug
banana prawn
banana republic
banana skin
banana split
Bananalander
bananas

WORDS THAT END LIKE BANANA

Adana
ana
Antseranana
Cana
Dana
Diana
do one´s nana
French Guiana
Guiana
Guyana
Habana
Havana
Indiana
Louisiana
Montana
off one´s nana
rana
Tanana
top banana
Toscana

Synonyms and antonyms of banana in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «banana» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF BANANA

Find out the translation of banana to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of banana from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «banana» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

香蕉
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

plátano
570 millions of speakers

English

banana
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

केला
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مَوْز
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

банан
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

banana
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

কলা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

banane
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pisang
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Banane
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

バナナ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

바나나
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pisang
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

quả chuối
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

வாழை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

केळी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

muz
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

banana
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

banan
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

банан
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

banană
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μπανάνα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

piesang
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

banan
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

banan
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of banana

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «BANANA»

The term «banana» is very widely used and occupies the 6.791 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «BANANA» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «banana» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «banana» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about banana

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10 QUOTES WITH «BANANA»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word banana.
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Casey Affleck
My family would be supportive if I said I wanted to be a Martian, wear only banana skins, make love to ashtrays, and eat tree bark.
2
George Ayittey
In a banana republic, one might slip on a banana peel but things do work - now and then for the people, albeit inefficiently and unreliably.
3
James Brolin
I think you can have a whole terrific, smart career as a second and third banana and work more and have much less risk than the lead guy. But I like being the lead guy.
4
Vincent Bugliosi
This is America, not a banana republic.
5
Kacy Catanzaro
Usually I like to work out in the morning before I eat. After the workout, I like to eat a banana and definitely some oatmeal for a little bit extra boost.
6
Charlotte Curtis
His venture sounds like a banana peel awaiting its victim.
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Roald Dahl
The fine line between roaring with laughter and crying because it's a disaster is a very, very fine line. You see a chap slip on a banana skin in the street and you roar with laughter when he falls slap on his backside. If in doing so you suddenly see he's broken a leg, you very quickly stop laughing and it's not a joke anymore.
8
Chris Diamantopoulos
In a pinch, when my leather shoes need a quick shine, I take the inside of a banana peel and rub it on the leather like I would a shoe wax. Then I spit-shine it and buff it with a cloth, and my shoes look great.
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Charles Durning
Of course, I'm not often the top dog, but sometimes it's better not to be top dog, because you last longer. If a movie or play flops, you always blame the lead. They say, 'He couldn't carry it.' They always blame him. But they rarely blame the second or third banana.
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Mireille Enos
I'm positive and I smile a lot, and I'm kind of a banana, but serious work just seems to find me, so I'm not going to argue with it.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «BANANA»

Discover the use of banana in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to banana and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
Read Dan Koeppel's posts on the Penguin Blog.
Dan Koeppel, 2007
2
The Banana: Empires, Trade Wars, and Globalization
The Banana demystifies the banana trade and its path toward globalization.
James Wiley, 2008
3
Banana!
Join two little monkeys as they tussle over a banana, until finally they learn to say the magic word – please!
Ed Vere, 2008
4
Banana Wars: Power, Production, and History in the Americas
DIVThe history of banana cultivation and its huge impact on Latin American, history, politics, and culture./div "This innovative, stimulating collection brings together the best of the new work on the social, political, and cultural impact ...
Steve Striffler, Mark Moberg, 2003
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Hannah Banana's Book of Poems
When you read this book, You won't want to put it down, It will make you so happy, You'll smile never frown, This is a book you will really enjoy, Whether you are a girl or a boy. --- *** It's World Diabetes Day on the 14th of November!!! ...
Hannah Nishat-Botero, 2012
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Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental ...
In this lively, interdisciplinary study, John Soluri integrates agroecology, anthropology, political economy, and history to trace the symbiotic growth of the export banana industry in Honduras and the consumer mass market in the United ...
John Soluri, 2009
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Banana!
' A very cheeky monkey enjoys throwing bananas from trees in the jungle and watching unfortuante animals slip, trip and drop! But monkey is about to get his comeuppance... This is Jonathan Allen at his very best.
‎2006
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Banana Heart Summer: A Novel
She will appease her family's hunger and win her violent mother's affection. Touching, funny, elegaic, this is a truly original book that will remain in your mind, and in your senses, long after you read it.
Merlinda Carullo Bobis, 2005
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The Banana Wars: United States Intervention in the ...
In this new edition, Professor Langley provides an updated introduction, placing the scholarship in current historical context.
Lester D. Langley, 2001
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Banana Wars: The Anatomy of a Trade Dispute
The allocation of import liscences had been found to violate World Trade Organization rules and to discriminate against suppliers from Latin America.This book examines the issues surrounding the dispute, in particular: the dependence of ...
Timothy Edward Josling, T. Geoffrey Taylor, 2003

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «BANANA»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term banana is used in the context of the following news items.
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Matcha Green Tea Gives Flavorful Boost to Banana "Ice Cream"
Like many Americans, I was first exposed to the taste of matcha green tea without really any thought on my part: green tea ice cream was the ... «ABC News, Jul 15»
2
Queensland banana growers visit Melbourne markets to learn about …
There's different ways that you can buy your banana these days than there way, say, five or 10 years ago... unless you touch it, feel it and see it ... «ABC Online, Jul 15»
3
Pictures: Summer Camp at the Banana Factory
Children take part in Cartoonrama led by Cotty Kilbanks as part of the Summer Camps 2015 program at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem. «Allentown Morning Call, Jul 15»
4
Chappaqua bakery's sweet new ice cream sandwiches: recipe
With the mixer on low speed, add the flour and banana mixtures alternately in thirds, beginning and ending with the flour, mixing just to ... «The Journal News | LoHud.com, Jul 15»
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Video: Robins was a 'banana skin' game for Anderson
HUDDERSFIELD Giants head coach Paul Anderson has targeted a win at champions St Helens on Friday and taking another step towards ... «Yorkshire Post, Jul 15»
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Tour de France 2015: Top Banana - stage 3
There are some testing times ahead for Adam Hansen, but for this evening he can luxuriate in the honour of being today's top banana, just for ... «Rouleur, Jul 15»
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Firefighters retain banana split contest title
GRANVILLE – At the start of the Whit's Banana Split Eating contest between the two-time defending champion Granville Township Fire ... «The Newark Advocate, Jul 15»
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Argentina: Planted area of kiwi, banana, mango up
The area planted with kiwis, bananas and mangoes in Argentina has had a big increase in recent years thanks to the support of the National ... «FreshPlaza, Jul 15»
9
Speeding Banana Causes Penis Injury in Bizarre Drive-by Incident
According to police, the victim was found lying on the side of the road near a convenience store in Westfield, Mass. When asked about his ... «EDGE Boston, Jul 15»
10
Banana fibre: Green apparel of the future
India is the world's largest banana producer with an annual output of 24.8 million tonnes followed by China, Philippines, Ecuador and Brazil. India accounts for ... «Fibre2fashion.com, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Banana [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/banana>. Aug 2019 ».
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