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Why is the tropical fruit pineapple so named, as pine is not a tropical plant, nor does a pineapple tree resemble a pine tree?

Question #120687. Asked by 29CoveRoad.
Last updated Sep 07 2016.

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The short answer: because they look like pine cones!
The word pineapple in English was first recorded in 1398, when it was originally used to describe the reproductive organs of conifer trees (now termed pine cones). The term pine cone for the reproductive organ of conifer trees was first recorded in 1694. When European explorers discovered this tropical fruit, they called them pineapples (term first recorded in that sense in 1664 because of their resemblance to what is now known as the pine cone).


Response last updated by Terry on Sep 07 2016.
Mar 13 2011, 5:13 PM
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