plantain

Part of speech: noun

A perennial weed with broad, ribbed leaves.

Part of speech: noun

A tropical perennial herb or its edible, banana - like fruit.

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Usage examples "plantain":

  1. The plantain- tree, so often mentioned, is always the first thing introduced, not only in all their religious ceremonies, but in all their debates, whether of a public or private nature. - "A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16", Robert Kerr.
  2. Another method of egg- breaking is for the diviner to wrap up the egg in a plantain leaf with the point uppermost, or merely to hold the egg in his hand in this position without wrapping it up, and then to press another egg down upon it. - "The Khasis", P. R. T. Gurdon.
  3. For the greatest part of the distance across, the ground had but a barren appearance, being a dry hard clay, and every where covered with stones; but notwithstanding this, there were several large tracts planted with potatoes; and some plantain walks, but they saw no fruit on any of the trees. - "A Voyage Towards the South Pole and Round the World, Volume 1", James Cook.