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pineapple, common name for one member of and for the Bromeliaceae, a family of chiefly epiphytic herbs and small shrubs native to the American tropics and subtropics. The spiny leaves of various species of the genus Ananas yield a hard fiber called gravata in South America and piña, or pineapple cloth, in the Philippines. A. sativa is the cultivated pineapple. The fruit, whose spiny skin is yellowish brown when ripe, is sweet and juicy; it is topped by a distinctive rosette of green leaves. It is grown throughout warmer regions. Thailand, the Philippines, and Brazil are the largest producers of canned pineapple. A compound derived from pineapple, branelain, is used as an anti-inflammatory. Species of Ananas,Tillsandia, and other genera are sometimes cultivated as ornamentals. Spanish moss (T. usenoides) is a member of this family. Many epiphytic bromeliads, growing in moist tropical American forests, have become highly modified for retaining water between rainfalls. The pineapple family is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Liliopsida, order Bromeliales.

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pineapple

pine·ap·ple / ˈpīˌnapəl/ • n. 1. a large juicy tropical fruit consisting of aromatic edible yellow flesh surrounded by a tough segmented skin and topped with a tuft of stiff leaves. 2. the widely cultivated tropical American plant (Ananas comosus, family Bromeliaceae) that bears this fruit. It is low-growing, with a spiral of spiny sword-shaped leaves on a thick stem. 3. inf. a hand grenade.

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pineapple

pineapple Tropical, herbaceous, perennial plant, cultivated in the USA, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia; also the fruit of the plant. The fruit is formed from the flowers and bracts and grows on top of a short, stout stem bearing stiff, fleshy leaves. The fruit is eaten fresh, tinned, or made into juice. Height: to 1.2m (4ft). Family Bromeliaceae; species Ananas comosus.

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pineapple

pineapple Fruit of the tropical plant Ananas sativus, one of the bromeliad family. The fruit contains the proteolytic enzyme bromelain, which has been used (like papain) to tenderize meat. A 100‐g portion is a rich source of vitamin C; a source of copper; provides 0.8 g of dietary fibre; supplies 30 kcal (125 kJ).

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Ananas

Ananas (family Bromeliaceae) A genus of plants in which the stem is short and leafy, trapping water in the overlapping leaf bases. Inflorescences are terminal, forming a compound structure in the fruit beyond which there develops a tuft of leaves. The pineapple is A. comosus. There are 8 species of terrestrial, tropical American habitats.

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ananas

ananas See pineapple.

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pineapple

pineapple See ANANAS.

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pineapple

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