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[pahy-puh l, pee-] /ˈpaɪ pəl, ˈpi-/
a fig tree, Ficus religiosa, of India, somewhat resembling the banyan.
Also, peepul.
Origin of pipal
1780-90; < Hindi pīpal < Sanskrit pippala Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The shesham, the sal, the pipal and the nim are vivid with fresh foliage.

  • 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.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • No trees, perhaps, are held in greater veneration in India, than the Ficus Religiosa or pipal tree.

    Cultus Arborum Anonymous
  • 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

    E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
  • I discovered that the bird making the commotion near the summit of the pipal tree was a vulture.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • Scarcely had I lost sight of him when there was a considerable commotion in the pipal tree near by.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • Hornbills feed largely on fruit and are fond of that of the pipal and the banian trees.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • Something like it is the peepul, or pipal, though its branches do not take root in the ground like the other.

    Across India Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for pipal


a variant of peepul
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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