any of the small countries in the tropics, especially in the Western Hemisphere, whose economies are largely dependent on fruit exports, tourism, and foreign investors.
(derogatory) a small country, esp in Central America, that is politically unstable and has an economy dominated by foreign interest, usually dependent on one export, such as bananas
“small Central American state with an economy dependent on banana production,” 1901, American English.
A term describing any of several small nations in Latin America that have economies based on a few agricultural crops.
Note: The term banana republic is often used in a disparaging sense; it suggests an unstable government.
A small country, esp Central American, dominated by foreign companies
[1930s+; fr the fact that such places were typically under the control of the United Fruit Company and grew bananas]
- Banana seat
an elongated bicycle seat that is tapered toward the front and has a gentle upward curve at the back.
- Banana shrub
a tall Chinese shrub, Michelia figo, of the magnolia family, having cream-yellow flowers with a reddish edge and a strong banana odor.
- Banana skin
noun the soft outer covering of a banana (informal) something unforeseen that causes an obvious and embarrassing mistake Historical Examples There was Myra who treated lovers like dogs and would slap them across the face with a banana skin to show her utter independence. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town Stephen Leacock I heard of […]
- Banana slug
a large, bright yellow, slimy, shell-less mollusk, Ariolimax columbianus, of the northwestern forests of North America: the second largest slug in the world.