1. Any of several treelike plants of the genus Musa, especially M. acuminata, having a terminal crown of large, entire leaves and a hanging cluster of fruits.
2. The elongated, edible fruit of these plants, having a thick yellowish to reddish skin and whitish, pulpy flesh.
[Portuguese and Spanish, from Wolof, Mande, and Fulani.]
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