- 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-tree
The banyan-tree is the most enterprising trunk-maker I ever heard of.A Jolly Fellowship
Frank R. Stockton
In the banyan-tree behind the house, high up, in the top branches.The Hidden Force
If its extended branches reëntered the soil it would be like the Asiatic banyan-tree.The Story of Malta
Maturin M. Ballou
So the Deer, charmed at his reception, ate grass and drank water, and laid himself down in the shade of a Banyan-tree to talk.Hindu Literature
On one of the pillars of that Stūpa elephants are carved in the act of worshipping both the Pīpal-tree and the Banyan-tree.Buddhism, In its Connexion With Brahmanism and Hinduism, and In Its Contrast with Christianity
Sir Monier Monier-Williams
- 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 and History for banyan-tree
"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."