Pineapple (n.)

Pineapple (n.)


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Definition

Pineapple

noun
A very sweet fruit native to South America.

History & Etymology

In the 14th century Pineapple referred to what we now call a pine cone. Obviously, pineapple refers to the fruit of a pine tree. So why did this word come to refer to a tropical fruit?

When Europeans discovered this excellent fruit to them it looked like a pineapple, or as we call it a pine cone, so that’s what they called them. The first written use of the word pineapple wis in the 1660s, and by 1690 the word pineapple had stopped referring to pine cones and was replaced by the word pine cone.

In the Tupian Language Family from region of South America where pineapples native, the original word for Pineapple was Nanas, and meant “excellent fruit”.

And I think “excellent fruit” is a great way to describe pineapples.

Sources

https://www.etymonline.com/word/pineapple#etymonline_v_16340

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/pineapple

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pineapple

http://0-www.oed.com.catalog.multcolib.org/view/Entry/144104?redirectedFrom=pineapple#eid

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineapple

https://www.etymonline.com/word/pine?ref=etymonline_crossreference#etymonline_v_16337

https://www.etymonline.com/word/apple?ref=etymonline_crossreference

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conifer_cone

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