Meaning of Abyssinian banana

Abyssin'ian banan'a

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  1. a large, treelike Ethiopian plant, Ensete ventricosum, of the banana family, having leaves about 15 ft. (4 m) long, whitish flowers with reddish-brown bracts, and dry, inedible fruit.
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