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Meaning of PLANTAIN

Pronunciation:  'plantin

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  starchy banana-like fruit; eaten (always cooked) as a staple vegetable throughout the tropics
  2. [n]  a banana tree bearing hanging clusters of edible angular greenish starchy fruits; tropics and subtropics
  3. [n]  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

PLANTAIN is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: Musa paradisiaca, plantain tree
 See Also: banana, banana tree, broad-leaved plantain, buckthorn, cart-track plant, common plantain, English plantain, fleawort, genus Plantago, herb, herbaceous plant, hoary plantain, Musa paradisiaca, narrow-leaved plantain, Plantago, Plantago lanceolata, Plantago major, Plantago media, Plantago psyllium, Plantago rugelii, Plantago virginica, plantain, plantain, plantain tree, psyllium, ribgrass, ribwort, ripple-grass, rugel's plantain, Spanish psyllium, vegetable, veggie, white-man's foot, whiteman's foot



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Plan"tain\, n. [Cf. F. plantain-arbre, plantanier, Sp.
    pl['a]ntano, pl['a]tano; prob. same word as plane tree.]
    1. (Bot.) A treelike perennial herb ({Musa paradisiaca}) of
       tropical regions, bearing immense leaves and large
       clusters of the fruits called plantains. See {Musa}.
    2. The fruit of this plant. It is long and somewhat
       cylindrical, slightly curved, and, when ripe, soft,
       fleshy, and covered with a thick but tender yellowish
       skin. The plantain is a staple article of food in most
       tropical countries, especially when cooked.
    {Plantain cutter}, or {Plantain eater} (Zo["o]l.), any one of
       several large African birds of the genus {Musophaga}, or
       family {Musophagid[ae]}, especially {Musophaga violacea}.
       See {Turaco}. They are allied to the cuckoos.
    {Plantain squirrel} (Zo["o]l.), a Java squirrel ({Sciurus
       plantani}) which feeds upon plantains.
    {Plantain tree} (Bot.), the treelike herb {Musa paradisiaca}.
       See def. 1 (above).
  2. \Plan"tain\, n. [F., fr. L. plantago. Cf. {Plant}.]
    Any plant of the genus {Plantago}, but especially the {P.
    major}, a low herb with broad spreading radical leaves, and
    slender spikes of minute flowers. It is a native of Europe,
    but now found near the abode of civilized man in nearly all
    parts of the world.
    {Indian plantain}. (Bot.) See under {Indian}.
    {Mud plantain}, a homely North American aquatic plant
       ({Heteranthera reniformis}), having broad, reniform
    {Rattlesnake plantain}, an orchidaceous plant ({Goodyera
       pubescens}), with the leaves blotched and spotted with
    {Ribwort plantain}. See {Ribwort}.
    {Robin's plantain}, the {Erigeron bellidifolium}, a common
       daisylike plant of North America.
    {Water plantain}, a plant of the genus {Alisma}, having acrid
       leaves, and formerly regarded as a specific against
       hydrophobia. --Loudon.