- 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
Historical Examples of 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
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."