- a Hindu trader or merchant of a particular caste, the rules of which forbid eating flesh.
- a loose shirt, jacket, or gown.
Origin of banyan
Examples from the Web for banyan
Robert Pavlik, chief market strategist at Banyan Partners, disagreed the acquisition was a desperate move.Facebook’s ‘Desperate’ $19 Billion Gamble on WhatsApp|CNBC|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was aimed down here toward the banyan tree on December 28, 2009.
The ambulance parked by the banyan tree had a word in red on the side, in English and Urdu: “Edhi.”
In those glowing climes the Banyan was regarded as the tree of trees, and the mighty centre of vegetating life.
In the fruit of the Banyan (fig-tree) are minute seeds innumerable.Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)|Charles Eliot
Many of those who used to bathe there have also followed into oblivion the shade of the banyan tree.My Reminiscences|Rabindranath Tagore
The Banyan is safe enough not to lose, whether the speculation the trader is engaged upon pays or not.How I Found Livingstone|Henry M. Stanley
It is a species of banyan (Ficus religiosa), and is called by the natives Ohwa.Ten Thousand Wonderful Things|Edmund Fillingham King
British Dictionary definitions for banyan
Word Origin for banyan
Word Origin and History for banyan
"Indian fig tree," 1630s, so called in reference to a tree on the Iranian coast of the Persian Gulf under which the Hindu merchants known as banians had built a pagoda. From Sanskrit vanija "merchant."