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pineapple

[ pahy-nap-uhl ]
/ ˈpaɪˌnæp əl /
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noun

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.

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Origin of pineapple

1350–1400 for earlier sense; 1655–65 for def. 1; Middle English pinappel pine cone; see pine1, apple
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British Dictionary definitions for pineapple

pineapple
/ (ˈpaɪnˌæpəl) /

noun

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 for pineapple

C14 pinappel pine cone; C17: applied to the fruit because of its appearance
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