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A split pineapple

Calque of Dutch sparappel, pine cone, from the resemblance of the fruit to a pine cone, as noted by Dutch importers of the fruit to Europe.

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pineapple

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  1. A tropical plant native to South America, having thirty or more long, spined and pointed leaves surrounding a thick stem.
  2. The ovoid fruit of the pineapple plant, which has very sweet, white or yellow flesh, a tough, spiky shell and a tough, fibrous core.
  3. (slang) A hand grenade.
  4. (slang) An Australian fifty dollar note.

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