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 for Plantain
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Plantain \Plan"tain\, n. [F., fr. L. plantago. Cf. Plant.]
     Any plant of the genus Plantago, but especially the
     Plantago major, a low herb with broad spreading radical
     leaves, and slender spikes of minute flowers. It is a native
     of Europe, but now found near the abode of civilized man in
     nearly all parts of the world.
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     Indian plantain. (Bot.) See under Indian.
     Mud plantain, a homely North American aquatic plant
        ({Heteranthera reniformis), having broad, reniform
     Rattlesnake plantain, an orchidaceous plant ({Goodyera
        pubescens), with the leaves blotched and spotted with
     Ribwort plantain. See Ribwort.
     Robin's plantain, the Erigeron bellidifolium, a common
        daisylike plant of North America.
     Water plantain, a plant of the genus Alisma, having acrid
        leaves, and formerly regarded as a specific against
        hydrophobia. --Loudon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Plantain \Plan"tain\, n. [Cf. F. plantain-arbre, plantanier, Sp.
     pl['a]ntano, pl['a]tano; prob. same word as plane tree.]
     1. (Bot.) A treelike perennial herb ({Musa paradisiaca) of
        tropical regions, bearing immense leaves and large
        clusters of the fruits called plantains. See Musa.
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     2. The fruit of this plant. It is long and somewhat
        cylindrical, slightly curved, and, when ripe, soft,
        fleshy, and covered with a thick but tender yellowish
        skin. The plantain is a staple article of food in most
        tropical countries, especially when cooked.
        [1913 Webster]
     Plantain cutter, or Plantain eater (Zool.), any one of
        several large African birds of the genus Musophaga, or
        family Musophagid[ae], especially Musophaga violacea.
        See Turaco. They are allied to the cuckoos.
     Plantain squirrel (Zool.), a Java squirrel ({Sciurus
        plantani) which feeds upon plantains.
     Plantain tree (Bot.), the treelike herb Musa paradisiaca.
        See def. 1 (above).
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: any of numerous plants of the genus Plantago; mostly small
           roadside or dooryard weeds with elliptic leaves and small
           spikes of very small flowers; seeds of some used
      2: a banana tree bearing hanging clusters of edible angular
         greenish starchy fruits; tropics and subtropics [syn:
         plantain, plantain tree, Musa paradisiaca]
      3: starchy banana-like fruit; eaten (always cooked) as a staple
         vegetable throughout the tropics

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