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bo tree

[boh] /boʊ/
the pipal, or sacred fig tree, Ficus religiosa, of India, under which the founder of Buddhism is reputed to have attained the Enlightenment that constituted him the Buddha.
Also called bodhi tree.
Origin of bo tree
1860-65; partial translation of Sinhalese bogaha, equivalent to bo (< Pali bodhi < Sanskrit; see Bodhisattva) + gaha tree Unabridged
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  • It was one of these missions which carried that cutting of the bo tree, of which we have already told, to Ceylon.

  • At the termination of the seventh day, all these clouds dispersed, and displayed the bo tree, and its halo of six coloured rays.

    Cultus Arborum Anonymous
  • Boats are tied up under shady groves of mango and bo tree, and people bathe screened behind them.

    Glimpses of Bengal Sir Rabindranath Tagore
British Dictionary definitions for bo tree

bo tree

another name for the peepul
Word Origin
C19: from Sinhalese, from Pali bodhitaru tree of wisdom, from Sanskrit bodhi wisdom, awakening; see Bodhisattva
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Word Origin and History for bo tree

1680s, from Sinhalese bo, from Pali bodhi, short for bodhi-taru "bo tree," literally "tree of wisdom or enlightenment" (related to Sanskrit buddhah "awakened;" see bid) + taru "tree."

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