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bo tree

  1. the pipal, or sacred fig tree, Ficus religiosa, of India, under which the founder of Buddhism is reputed to have attained the Enlightenment that constituted him the Buddha.
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Origin of bo tree

1860–65; partial translation of Sinhalese bogaha, equivalent to bo (< Pali bodhi < Sanskrit; see Bodhisattva) + gaha tree
Also called bodhi tree.
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Historical Examples of bo tree

  • They are afterwards hung on the sacred Bo-tree, but never burned.

    The Kingdom of the Yellow Robe

    Ernest Young

  • Making flower and other offerings to the great Bo-Tree, he walked round it.

  • Usually a bo-tree is planted on the graves of the Kandy priests.

  • They saw here the sacred Bo-tree, of which they had before been informed.

    Across India

    Oliver Optic

  • A learned thera who knew the Sinhalese Tipitaka was imported thence, as well as a branch of the Bo-tree.

British Dictionary definitions for bo tree

bo tree

  1. another name for the peepul
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Word Origin for bo tree

C19: from Sinhalese, from Pali bodhitaru tree of wisdom, from Sanskrit bodhi wisdom, awakening; see Bodhisattva
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Word Origin and History for bo tree


1680s, from Sinhalese bo, from Pali bodhi, short for bodhi-taru "bo tree," literally "tree of wisdom or enlightenment" (related to Sanskrit buddhah "awakened;" see bid) + taru "tree."

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