Pineapple etymology

English word pineapple was first used to name the reproductive organs of conifers. Therm ”pine cone” was documented some 300 years later, around 1690. European explorers found the new fruit similar to the pineapple (now named pine cone) and there comes its name from. The name ananas comes from Tupi language, where nanas stands for excellent fruit.



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18 replies on “Pineapple etymology”

And it’s a CAM photosynthesizer, so that’s very cool. Or hot, I guess. 😉 She holds her breath during the day and breathes at night. Can you hear her? Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm….. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

A daily rhythm!


And pinot wines are also pinecones (little pine), with the noir, blanc and gris only being colour mutations.

And a peach is a persian apple.

And Eve mounched on a Pomegranate in the Garden, which became a pear, and only later an apple.

Apple was, way back, as generic a word as pine. Only later did it come to specify a particular fruit.

And now we can mounch, mounch, munch, munch and crrrrrrunch.


Playing with apples you forgot the Apfelsine, Pomme de Terre, Pomodoro -slovene word for apple is jabolko and we use it to describe some other fruits, too: rajsko jabolko (apple from Eden) can describe tomato, pomme granate or khaki (they were all quiet exotic here not so long ago )..but I still hardly understand the similarity between apple and pineapple (describing pinecone) ?


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