Definition of banana noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//bəˈnɑːnə//
; NAmE NAmE//bəˈnænə//
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  • a long curved fruit with a thick yellow skin and soft flesh, that grows on trees in hot countries a bunch of bananas The company has acquired an unhappy knack of slipping on banana skins. See related entries: Fruit
  • Word Originlate 16th cent.: via Portuguese or Spanish from Mande. Mande is a group of Niger-Congo languages spoken by the Mande people of West Africa.Idioms (slang) to become angry, crazy or silly He lost his job and just went bananas. The British press has gone bananas, proclaiming the end of civilization as we know it. See related entries: Anger, Describing strange traits
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