plantain
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈplant(e)ɪn/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈplæntɪn/, IPA: /ˈplæn.teɪn/
Noun

plantain (plural plantains)

  1. A plant of the genus Plantago, with a rosette of sessile leaves about 10 cm long with a narrow part instead of a petiole, and with a spike inflorescence with the flower spacing varying widely among the species. See also psyllium.
    • 1653, Nicholas Culpeper, The English Physician Enlarged, Folio Society 2007, p. 225:
      The roots of Plantain and Pellitory of Spain beaten to powder and put into hollow teeth, takes away the pains of them.
    • 2003, Michael Hofmann, translating Ernst Jünger, Storm of Steel, Penguin 2004, p. 41:
      The paths too are overgrown, but easily identified by the presence on them of round-leaved plantains.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: plantain
  • German: Wegerich
  • Italian: piantaggine
  • Portuguese: plantago, tanchagem, tansagem, transagem
  • Russian: подоро́жник
  • Spanish: llantén
Noun

plantain (plural plantains)

  1. A plant in the genus Musa, the genus that includes banana, but with lower sugar content than banana.
  2. The fruit of the plant, usually cooked before eating and used like potatoes.
Related terms
  • banana plantain
  • bocadillo plantain
  • cooking plantain
  • plantain cutter
  • plantain eater (Musophagidae)
  • plantain squirrel (Callosciurus notatus)
  • plantain tree
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