Plantain - What does it mean?

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Etymology 1

From (etyl) plainteine et al., (etyl) plaintain, from (etyl) , because of the broad, flat shape of the plantain leaves.


(en noun)
  • 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.
  • * 1653 , (Nicholas Culpeper), The English Physician Enlarged , Folio Society 2007, p. 225:
  • The roots of Plantain and Pellitory of Spain beaten to powder and put into hollow teeth, takes away the pains of them.
  • *2003 , (Michael Hofmann), translating Ernst J√ľnger, Storm of Steel , Penguin 2004, p. 41:
  • *:The paths too are overgrown, but easily identified by the presence on them of round-leaved plantains .
  • Synonyms
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    Derived terms
    * * * * water plantain
    See also
    * (Plantago) * (Plantago) * (Plantago)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) plantano, obsolete variant of .


    (en noun)
  • A plant in the genus Musa , the genus that includes banana, but with lower sugar content than banana.
  • The fruit of the plant, usually cooked before eating and used like potatoes.
  • See also
    * (wikipedia "plantain") * (Musa) * banana
    * (English Citations of "plantain") ----

    Not English

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