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[pahy-puh l, pee-]
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  1. a fig tree, Ficus religiosa, of India, somewhat resembling the banyan.
Also peepul.

Origin of pipal

1780–90; < Hindi pīpal < Sanskrit pippala
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Examples from the Web for pipal

Historical Examples

  • The shesham, the sal, the pipal and the nim are vivid with fresh foliage.

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India

    Douglas Dewar

  • He was sitting under a pipal tree in a little village named Buddh-gaya, southeast of Benares, when light dawned upon his soul.

    A Yankee in the Far East

    George Hoyt Allen

  • This was a nest in course of construction, which the vulture was lining with pipal branches.

  • No trees, perhaps, are held in greater veneration in India, than the Ficus Religiosa or pipal tree.

  • Heavy cracks in the roof let in shafts of the fading daylight, and roots of weeds and pipal trees had penetrated and hung below.

    Banked Fires</p>

    E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi

British Dictionary definitions for pipal


  1. a variant of peepul
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