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[pahy-nap-uh l] /ˈpaɪˌnæp əl/
the edible, juicy, collective fruit of a tropical, bromeliaceous plant, Ananas comosus, that develops from a spike or head of flowers and is surmounted by a crown of leaves.
the plant itself, having a short stem and rigid, spiny-margined, recurved leaves.
Military Slang. a fragmentation hand grenade.
Origin of pineapple
1350-1400 for earlier sense; 1655-65 for def 1; Middle English pinappel pine cone; see pine1, apple Unabridged
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  • Alston threw his book on the table, and Jeffrey set his pineapple beside it.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Drain the syrup from a tin of pineapple, boil it down to half.

  • There was a smell of pineapple, the odour of fruit and flowers.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • I remember the butter was in the shape of a pineapple with leaves and all.

  • So the pineapple is really a moss; only it is a moss that flowers but 'imperfectly.'

    Proserpina, Volume 1 John Ruskin
British Dictionary definitions for pineapple


a tropical American bromeliaceous plant, Ananas comosus, cultivated in the tropics for its large fleshy edible fruit
the fruit of this plant, consisting of an inflorescence clustered around a fleshy axis and surmounted by a tuft of leaves
(military, slang) a hand grenade
Word Origin
C14 pinappel pine cone; C17: applied to the fruit because of its appearance
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Word Origin and History for pineapple

late 14c., "pine cone," from pine (n.) + apple. The reference to the fruit of the tropical plant (from resemblance of shape) is first recorded 1660s, and pine cone emerged 1690s to replace pineapple in its original sense except in dialect. For "pine cone," Old English also used pinhnyte "pine nut."

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Slang definitions & phrases for pineapple



A fragmentation grenade or small bomb; Chicago Pineapple, Italian Football: Nobody tried to throw a pineapple in my lap

[WWI Army; fr the resemblance of a fragmentation grenade, with its deeply segmented ovoid surface, to a pineapple]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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