plantain

A plantain is a fruit that resembles a banana and is almost always cooked. Fried plantains are delicious.

Plantains are very starchy, green, and not as sweet as bananas. The word plantain can describe a specific, weedy plant, but it's also used more loosely for any bananas or banana-type fruits that are cooked rather than eaten raw. Plantains are made into sweet drinks, chips, snacks, soups, dumplings, and many more dishes. Plantain comes from the Spanish plátano, "banana."

Definitions of plantain
  1. noun
    a banana tree bearing hanging clusters of edible angular greenish starchy fruits; tropics and subtropics
    synonyms: Musa paradisiaca, plantain tree
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    type of:
    banana, banana tree
    any of several tropical and subtropical treelike herbs of the genus Musa having a terminal crown of large entire leaves and usually bearing hanging clusters of elongated fruits
  2. noun
    starchy banana-like fruit; eaten (always cooked) as a staple vegetable throughout the tropics
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    veg, vegetable, veggie
    edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant
  3. noun
    any of numerous plants of the genus Plantago; mostly small roadside or dooryard weeds with elliptic leaves and small spikes of very small flowers; seeds of some used medicinally
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    English plantain, Plantago lanceolata, buckthorn, narrow-leaved plantain, ribgrass, ribwort, ripple-grass
    an Old World plantain with long narrow ribbed leaves widely established in temperate regions
    Plantago major, broad-leaved plantain, cart-track plant, common plantain, white-man's foot, whiteman's foot
    common European perennial naturalized worldwide; a troublesome weed
    Plantago media, hoary plantain
    widely distributed Old World perennial naturalized in North America having finely hairy leaves and inconspicuous white fragrant flowers
    Plantago psyllium, Spanish psyllium, fleawort, psyllium
    plantain of Mediterranean regions whose seeds swell and become gelatinous when moist and are used as a mild laxative
    Plantago rugelii, broad-leaved plantain, rugel's plantain
    North American plantain having reddish leafstalks and broad leaves
    Plantago virginica, hoary plantain
    North American annual or biennial with long soft hairs on the leaves
    type of:
    herb, herbaceous plant
    a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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