bo tree

[ boh ]
/ boʊ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. bnp,
  2. bo,
  3. bo diddley beat,
  4. bo hai,
  5. bo juyi,
  6. bo's'n,
  7. bo-peep,
  8. boa,
  9. boa constrictor,
  10. boa vista

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bo tree

bo tree

/ (bəʊ) /


another name for the peepul

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

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper