One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large juicy tropical fruit consisting of aromatic edible yellow flesh surrounded by a tough segmented skin and topped with a tuft of stiff leaves.
- ‘These consumers ‘customize’ Kool-Aid by adding oranges, grapes, pineapples, fruit juice, and club soda.’
- ‘My favorite fruit components include mango, lychee nut, pineapple, guava and strawberries.’
- ‘Mix noodles with first six ingredients and pour over brown sugar, pineapples, and cherries.’
- ‘The other day I wanted to make a tropical salsa with pineapple, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, red onion and cilantro as a side dish.’
- ‘Made from apples, grapes, peaches, pears, pineapples, berries or other fruit, these sweeteners have the consistency of thick syrup and an intense flavor.’
- ‘Freezing berries and slices of strawberries and pineapple in ice cubes before dropping into glasses of good, ordinary white and red wines is another hot-day treat.’
- ‘This gentle peel is based on active substances found in two tropical fruits, pineapple and papaya.’
- ‘Exotic foods such as potatoes, tomatoes, bananas, pineapples - fruits and vegetables of the New World, were unknown here.’
- ‘Meals are uncomplicated, made from fresh produce sold to the resort by local villagers: live mud crabs trussed up in vines, shiny Spanish mackerel, big juicy pineapples.’
- ‘The lively, aniseed-spiked Granny Smith and exotic fresh pineapple fruit of this tried and trusted Aussie Chardonnay continues to impress.’
- ‘Now, those industries have gone and globalisation means that we can buy sun-drenched pineapples, mangoes and passion fruit in the middle of winter.’
- ‘Sugared pastries, chocolate-filled croissants, pineapple and other fruit juices, arranged in a simple but elegant display, filled one-half of the table.’
- ‘In stainless steel bowl, combine pineapple, cilantro, pepper and zest and mix gently.’
- ‘Peel the pineapple, slice it and cut it in chunks.’
- ‘Fruit such as pineapples, coconuts, oranges, mangoes, bananas, apples, and lychees are subject to seasonal availability.’
- ‘The teams with two members transformed vegetables - pumpkins, beetroots, carrots - and fruits such as pineapples into lovely dolls.’
- ‘Give a banana split a healthy twist by adding sliced banana to vanilla yogurt then top with fresh fruit like pineapple, blueberries or strawberries.’
- ‘Apricots, oranges, strawberries, and pineapples added orange, red, and yellow colors to the table.’
- ‘Tropical fruits such as pineapple, passion fruit and wood apple are combined with coconut milk to create unforgettable mocktails.’
- ‘Taro leaves are one of the various green vegetables used together with a variety of tropical fruits like bananas, pineapples, and mangoes.’
2The widely cultivated tropical American plant that bears this fruit. It is low-growing, with a spiral of spiny sword-shaped leaves on a thick stem.
- ‘The process of producing plants asexually is called vegetative propagation and is used for such crops as potatoes, bananas, raspberries, pineapples, and some flowering plants used as ornamentals.’
- ‘Economy Guinea has a broadly based agricultural economy: the chief crops include cassava, rice, pineapples, coffee, and palm oil.’
- ‘Programmes to substitute coca with other crops, like palm hearts, black pepper, pineapples, citrus fruit and even coffee, have only had any success when coca prices are low.’
- ‘Some subsistence farmers earn cash from the sale of copra, cocoa, kava, manioc, pineapples, bananas, and fish.’
- ‘Grow lettuce, tomatoes and onions for a salad garden, or have a dessert garden with melons, citrus, strawberries, pineapples and many other types of fruit available year round and seasonally in Florida.’
- ‘Many southern gardens don't have tulips, forsythia or daffodils, but instead have guava, pineapple and amaryllis.’
- ‘Other species of Phytophthora destroy eucalyptus, avocado, pineapples, and other tropical crop plants.’
- ‘The principal cash crops are coconuts, bananas, pineapples, sugar, tobacco, and abaca (hemp).’
- ‘Other export crops include pineapples, oil palm, coconuts, timber, latex, and sugar.’
- ‘They also produce sugarcane, bananas, pineapples, and mangoes for the food industry.’
- ‘In the lush green foothills above town, I'd found every incline, even a slope that seemed too steep to climb, cultivated with longan, lychee, pineapple, betel nut or banana.’
- ‘Other produce includes coal, coconuts, sugar cane, pineapples, tobacco, vegetables, sago, tapioca, coffee, tea, maize, and groundnuts.’
- ‘The land is fertile, and sugar, citrus fruit, pineapples, and cotton are grown for export.’
- ‘He crossed the Atlantic three times to bring back the pineapple, the yucca, and the scarlet runner bean, along with the Virginia creeper whose green leaves go flame red in autumn.’
- ‘Atrazine is mainly applied to corn and soybean crops, but is also used on sorghum, sugarcane, pineapple, turf grass, and Christmas tree farms.’
- ‘Among the island's abundant fruits are bananas, mangos, breadfruit, guavas, plumrose, coconuts, passion fruits, and pineapples.’
- ‘Bananas, pineapples, taro, peanuts, manioc, cassava, rice, and bread are the staples.’
- ‘In between, there's coffee, macadamia nuts, citrus, pineapples, exotic fruits, vegetables - almost anything can be grown here, if you just find the right microclimate for it.’
- ‘Experts from Bolivia, Peru and Colombia are meeting at the conference to study the efforts by governments to replace coca crops with products like pineapples, bananas and palm hearts.’
- ‘That lovely grey wispy curtain plant is a cousin of the other well-known and beloved bromeliad, the pineapple.’
3informal A hand grenade.
- ‘He said the explosive was among three pineapple grenades and a mortar found by local residents over the past month, with the most recent discovery taking place on July 8.’
- ‘A second fighter then emerged, a pineapple grenade in each hand, with pins already pulled.’
- ‘Some weapons need a bit more consideration, for example, the pineapple grenade.’
Late Middle English (denoting a pine cone): from pine + apple. The word was applied to the fruit in the mid 17th century, because of its resemblance to a pine cone.
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