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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 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 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 (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 See pineapple.

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pineapple See ANANAS.