Entry ravinala (ravina, ala)
Part of speech   noun
Malagasy definition   Karazan-kazo lehibe izay mivelatra lehib [...] [full text in Rajemisa 1985]
English translation   the traveller's tree. The leaves are largely used in house-building, for walls and roof, and for tables and plates; and the bark is used for floors. By piercing the base of the younger leaves with a spear or a knife, a quantity of pure water may be obtained. From the stem the people obtain an edible substance. Ravenala madagascariensis, Sonn. [Richardson 1885]
French translation   l'arbre du voyageur, connu sous le nom de ravenala. Urania speciosa [Abinal 1888]
Scientific name   Ravenala madagascariensis, Urania speciosa
Synonyms   akondrohazo ~ bakabia ~ bemavo ~ fontsy ~ ravimpotsy

Updated on 2009/10/29