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Sinonimi: plantain tree | Musa paradisiaca
Any plant of the genus Plantago, family Plantaginaceae. The great plantain p. major has oval leaves, grooved stalks, and spikes of green flowers with purple anthers followed by seeds, which are used in bird food.
The most common introduced species is p. lanceolata, native to Europe and Asia and a widespread weed in Australia, Europe, and America. Many other species are troublesome weeds.
A type of banana is also known as plantain.
1. A banana tree bearing hanging clusters of edible angular greenish starchy fruits; tropics and subtropics; SYN. plantain tree, Musa paradisiaca.
2. 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.
3. Starchy banana-like fruit; eaten (always cooked) as a staple vegetable throughout the tropics.