Plantain squirrel(Zoöl.), a Java squirrel (Sciurus plantani) which feeds upon plantains.Plantain tree(Bot.), the treelike herb Musa paradisiaca. See def. 1

(Plan"tain), n. [F., fr. L. plantago. Cf. Plant.] (Bot.) Any plant of the genus Plantago, but especially the P. major, a low herb with broad spreading radical leaves, and slender spikes of minute flowers. It is a native of Europe, but now found near the abode of civilized man in nearly all parts of the world.

Indian plantain. (Bot.) See under Indian.Mud plantain, a homely North American aquatic plant having broad, reniform leaves.Rattlesnake plantain, an orchidaceous plant (Goodyera pubescens), with the leaves blotched and spotted with white.Ribwort plantain. See Ribwort.Robin's plantain, the Erigeron bellidifolium, a common daisylike plant of North America.Water plantain, a plant of the genus Alisma, having acrid leaves, and formerly regarded as a specific against hydrophobia. Loudon.

(Plant"al) a. [L. planta a plant.] Belonging to plants; as, plantal life. [Obs.] Dr. H. More.

(Plan"tar) a. [L. plantaris, fr. planta the sole of the foot.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the sole of the foot; as, the plantar arteries.

(Plan*ta"tion) n. [L. plantatio: cf. F. plantation.]

1. The act or practice of planting, or setting in the earth for growth. [R.]

2. The place planted; land brought under cultivation; a piece of ground planted with trees or useful plants; esp., in the United States and West Indies, a large estate appropriated to the production of the more important crops, and cultivated by laborers who live on the estate; as, a cotton plantation; a coffee plantation.

3. An original settlement in a new country; a colony.

While these plantations were forming in Connecticut.
B. Trumbull.

(Plant"-cane`) n. A stalk or shoot of sugar cane of the first growth from the cutting. The growth of the second and following years is of inferior quality, and is called rattoon.

(Plant"-eat`ing) a. Eating, or subsisting on, plants; as, a plant-eating beetle.

(Plant"ed) a. (Joinery) Fixed in place, as a projecting member wrought on a separate piece of stuff; as, a planted molding.

(Plant"er) n.

1. One who, or that which, plants or sows; as, a planterof corn; a machine planter.

2. One who owns or cultivates a plantation; as, a sugar planter; a coffee planter.

3. A colonist in a new or uncultivated territory; as, the first planters in Virginia.

(Plant"er*ship), n. The occupation or position of a planter, or the management of a plantation, as in the United States or the West Indies.

(Plant"i*cle) n. [Dim. of Plant.] A young plant, or plant in embryo. E. Darwin.

(||Plan`ti*gra"da) n. pl. [NL.] (Zoöl.) A subdivision of Carnivora having plantigrade feet. It includes the bears, raccoons, and allied species.

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