Origin: NL, fr. Ar. Mauz, mauza, banana.

(Science: botany) A genus of perennial, herbaceous, endogenous plants of great size, including the banana (Musa sapientum), the plantain (M. Paradisiaca of Linnaeus, but probably not a distinct species), the Abyssinian (M. Ensete), the Philippine island (M. Textilis, which yields Manila hemp), and about eighteen other species.

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