(Science: botany) a perennial herbaceous plant of almost treelike size (musa sapientum); also, its edible fruit. See musa.
The banana has a soft, herbaceous stalk, with leaves of great length and breadth. The flowers grow in bunches, covered with a sheath of a green or purple colour; the fruit is five or six inches long, and over an inch in diameter; the pulp is soft, and of a luscious taste, and is eaten either raw or cooked. This plant is a native of tropical countries, and furnishes an important article of food. Banana bird, a small bird of tropical America, of the genus Certhiola, allied to the creepers.
Origin: sp. Banana, name of the fruit.