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"Banana" is a noun which is often translated as "el plátano", and "plantain" is a noun which is also often translated as "el plátano". Learn more about the difference between "banana" and "plantain" below.
banana(
buh
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nah
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nuh
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (fruit)
a. el plátano
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The bananas from the Canary Islands are very tasty.Los plátanos de las Islas Canarias son muy sabrosos.
b. el banano
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(Andes)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
I added some slices of banana to my cereal.Le añadí a mi cereal unas rodajas de banano.
c. la banana
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
After the tennis match, I ate a banana to regain my energy.Después del partido de tenis, me comí una banana para recuperar fuerzas.
d. el cambur
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
You have to peel the banana before eating it.Tienes que pelar el cambur antes de comértelo.
e. el guineo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
These bananas are overripe. Let's use them for bread.Estos guineos están demasiado maduros. Usémoslos para un pan.
2. (botany)
a. el plátano
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My aunt and uncle grow bananas on their plantation.Mi tía y mi tío cultivan plátanos en su plantación.
b. el banano
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We have several bananas growing in our yard.Tenemos varios bananos creciendo en el jardín.
c. la banana
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
Ildo has a lot of bananas on his farm.Ildo tiene muchas bananas en su finca.
d. el platanero
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The banana is not a tree, but a plant.El platanero no es un árbol, sino una planta.
e. la platanera
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The banana blooms in November.La platanera florece en noviembre.
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plantain(
plahn
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teyn
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (fruit)
a. el plátano
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(green)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I bought plantains to make tostones.Compré plátanos para hacer tostones.
b. el plátano grande
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(green)
Plantain is an important staple food in the Caribbean.El plátano grande es un alimento básico importante en el Caribe.
c. el plátano macho
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(green)
Regionalism used in Cuba
(Cuba)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
For this recipe you need ground beef, cheese, and plantains.Para esta receta se necesitan carne molida, queso y plátanos machos.
d. el plátano verde
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(green)
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
(Caribbean)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Slice the plantains and fry them until golden.Corta los plátanos verdes y fríelos hasta que se vuelvan dorados.
e. la banana
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(yellow)
My mom bakes a delicious plantain bread.Mi mamá hace un pan de banana delicioso.
2. (tree)
a. el platanero
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Plantain requires warm and humid weather to flourish.El platanero requiere un clima cálido y húmedo para crecer bien.
b. el plátano
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
India grows plantain, among other fruit trees.En la India, entre otros árboles frutales, se cultivan plátanos.
3. (herbaceous plant)
a. el llantén
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Plantain has medicinal uses of all sorts.El llantén tiene usos medicinales muy diversos.
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