Disputatio:Musa (genus)

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Isn't the banana the name of the fruit, whereas musa the plant?--24.183.186.151 14:44, 18 Octobris 2009 (UTC)

Apparently, yes & no! Merriam-Webster & en: agree that the banana is a fruit, but also treat the banana as a plant. (Go figure.) The distinction would be cool to maintain in Latin, so if you've got attestations for the banana as a fruit (some word other than musa), please bring them forth! A similar distinction—between plant and plant-derived product—is seen in our articles Piper methysticum (a plant) and Kava (a beverage made from the plant). IacobusAmor 15:39, 18 Octobris 2009 (UTC)
Banana and ariena are the two most common latin words for the banana fruit; pala is the common word for the banana tree. Morgan's glossary summarizes 3 sources: "banana / banana (LRL) ]] ariena (CL) ]] (fruit) ariena; (tree) pala (Lev.)" but others can be found too. Biological latin names for species often contradict common latin names; they are not meant to reproduce classical names or common latin for species.--24.183.186.151 16:35, 18 Octobris 2009 (UTC)
Macte! Nunc vide Bananam et Musam. Of course there's still a lot to do, particularly with the former article. IacobusAmor 18:24, 18 Octobris 2009 (UTC)