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NOUN:   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.
2. A plant in the genus Musa, the genus that includes banana, but with lower sugar content than banana.
3. The fruit of the plant, usually cooked before eating and used like potatoes.
ETYMOLOGY:   1. From Anglo-Norman plainteine et al., Old French plaintain, from Latin plantaginem (“plantain”), accusative of plantāgō, from planta (“sole”), because of the broad, flat shape of the plantain leaves.
2. From Spanish plantano, obsolete variant of plátano, from Galibi Carib platana (“banana”).



Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa
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Plantains served over grilled pacu


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