a tropical plant, Musa paradisiaca, of the banana family, resembling the banana.
its fruit, eaten cooked as a staple food in tropical regions.
Other definitions for plantain (2 of 2)
any plant of the genus Plantago, especially P. major, a weed with large, spreading leaves close to the ground and long, slender spikes of small flowers.
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How to use plantain in a sentence
So, when I made it again, I reduced the number of plantains for the topping from four to three and added fresh garlic to the mash.Mashed plantains top this thrifty, adaptable Caribbean cottage pie | Ann Maloney | August 24, 2021 | Washington Post
This Navy Yard spot channels Puerto Rico through a relaxed, waterside vibe and lots of fried plantains and rum.
Tucking into a takeout box of green plantains, rice and seared tilapia, Mayorkas spoke of his parents.Can One Agency Keep the U.S. Safe and Still Be Humane? The New DHS Chief Thinks So | Alana Abramson | May 12, 2021 | Time
Other side dish options include fine-cut sauteed cabbage, dense and delicious fried plantains, and a creamed spinach any steakhouse would be happy to claim.Swahili Village brings a taste of African fine dining to D.C. | Tom Sietsema | April 2, 2021 | Washington Post
The guests’ favorites — like rice, beans and plantains — became staples in the kitchen.A Maryland couple opened their home to a Honduran mother and son. They ended up sharing more than space. | Stephanie García | January 30, 2021 | Washington Post
Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and garnish with a semi peeled baby plantain.
It is a simple Puerto Rican cow's milk cheese called queso de hoja and it is wrapped in a plantain leaf.
Add plantain slices and fry for 15 minutes but do not brown.
Crush a portion of the fried plantain slices and add the chopped turkey.
The plant from which is made what is called Manila hemp belongs to the same family as the banana and the plantain.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
How, or when, or why the plant lost its old English names to take the Latin name of plantain, it is hard to say.The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare | Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
But the plantain did not long sustain its high reputation, which even in Shakespeare's time had become much diminished.The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare | Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
Alisma, al-iz′ma, n. a small genus of aquatic plants, the chief being the common water-plantain.
Though this plantain is inferior in quality to most of the others it affords great subsistence to the natives.A Voyage to the South Sea | William Bligh
British Dictionary definitions for plantain (1 of 2)
any of various N temperate plants of the genus Plantago, esp P. major (great plantain), which has a rosette of broad leaves and a slender spike of small greenish flowers: family Plantaginaceae: See also ribwort
British Dictionary definitions for plantain (2 of 2)
a large tropical musaceous plant, Musa paradisiaca
the green-skinned banana-like fruit of this plant, eaten as a staple food in many tropical regions
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