- Also called banyan tree. an East Indian fig tree, Ficus benghalensis, of the mulberry family, having branches that send out adventitious roots to the ground and sometimes cause the tree to spread over a wide area.
- Also bania, baniya. (in India)
- 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
Contemporary Examples of banyan
Robert Pavlik, chief market strategist at Banyan Partners, disagreed the acquisition was a desperate move.Facebook’s ‘Desperate’ $19 Billion Gamble on WhatsApp
February 20, 2014
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.”
Historical Examples of banyan
When He spread the wide shade of the banyan, He made a tent for the blacks.The Hour and the Man
I need not, therefore, describe the banyan very particularly.
Others, like the banyan, are among the largest trees of the forest.
Most of these belong to Banyan merchants in Maskat, and are manned by Indian sailors.Southern Arabia
We tried also to get them to come to our Church under the shade of the banyan tree.The Story of John G. Paton
- a moraceous tree, Ficus benghalensis, of tropical India and the East Indies, having aerial roots that grow down into the soil forming additional trunks
- a member of the Hindu merchant caste of N and W India
- a loose-fitting shirt, jacket, or robe, worn originally in India
Word Origin 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."