[pahy-puh l, pee-]


a fig tree, Ficus religiosa, of India, somewhat resembling the banyan.

Also peepul.

Origin of pipal

1780–90; < Hindi pīpal < Sanskrit pippala
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Examples from the Web for pipal

Historical Examples of pipal

  • The shesham, the sal, the pipal and the nim are vivid with fresh foliage.

  • He was sitting under a pipal tree in a little village named Buddh-gaya, southeast of Benares, when light dawned upon his soul.

    A Yankee in the Far East

    George Hoyt Allen

  • This was a nest in course of construction, which the vulture was lining with pipal branches.

  • No trees, perhaps, are held in greater veneration in India, than the Ficus Religiosa or pipal tree.

  • Heavy cracks in the roof let in shafts of the fading daylight, and roots of weeds and pipal trees had penetrated and hung below.

    Banked Fires

    E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi

British Dictionary definitions for pipal



a variant of peepul
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