One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A banana or plantain tree, especially Musa paradisiaca; the fruit of such a tree; a banana, a plantain.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Eden (c1520–1576), translator. From Spanish plátano, denoting both the tree and its fruit (also as † plantano, † plántano), probably transferred uses of plátano, † plantano, † plántano plane tree, probably on account of the broad leaves which are characteristic of both plants, although the plants are otherwise dissimilar and unrelated.
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