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banana hole

(Gen.), banana bottom (Mayag.) [from agricultural use; see quot.] n. a deep, natural hole found in limestone: 1889 [a plant] abundant near Banana holes (Gardner 352). 1905 Well-like openings known as banana holes. . . Their bottoms are usually lined with soil or mud, but at other times contain brackish or salt water which ebbs and flows with the tide . . The smaller ones having a depth of 5 or 10 feet usually contain rich soil and are used to grow bananas; hence the name (Shattuck 13, 14).

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Last update: 2010-09-20 00:07
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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