The English word pineapple was first recorded in 1398, when it was used to describe the reproductive organs of conifer trees (now called pine cones).

(When European explorers discovered this tropical fruit they called them pineapples (first recorded in 1664) because of their resemblance to what is now known as the pine cone.   The term pine cone was first recorded in 1694, and was used to replace the original meaning of pineapple.   Words change, their meaning changes, their usage changes, and that’s why you can never stop learning.)