Malay, South African English, South African Dutch, AfrikaansShow more Malay, ‘banana’, absorbed into South African English through South African Dutch (later Afrikaans piesang). In the past also used elsewhere.
a.The cultivated banana plant; its fruit.
1786G. Forstertr. ofA. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H.I. 78The pisang was to be met within his garden of a luxuriant growth, but was said not to produce fruit of so high a flavour as it does in its native country.
1795C.R. Hopsontr. ofC.P. Thunberg’s Trav.II. 283The Pisang (Musa Paradisiaca or Bananas) would seldom blossom in the few gardens where it was cultivated, and never yielded any fruit that was perfectly ripe and high flavoured.
1809J. Mackrill Diary. 67Pisang, Musa Paradisaica or Bananas.
1731G. Medleytr. ofP. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H.II. 87The Figs in this Garden are..all admirably sweet and good. The choicest are those they call Pisang Figs; and they are the largest. They grow upon a Plant, which as soon as it has brought ’em to Maturity, withers quite away.
1812A. Plumptretr. ofH. Lichtenstein’s Trav. in Sn Afr.I. 204We crossed a stream called the Pisang-river: It has this name from the profusion of wild Pisang, as it is here called, strelitzia alba, that grows upon its banks.
1824W.J. BurchellTrav.II. 258The very close resemblance which exists between the Strelitzia augusta or Wild Pisang (Wild Plantain) of the Cape Colony, and the Urania speciosa of that island (sc. Madagascar).
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