Simple Definition of banyan
: an Indian tree with long branches that send roots down to the ground forming secondary trunks
Full Definition of banyan
: an East Indian fig tree (Ficus benghalensis) of the mulberry family with branches that send out roots which grow down to the soil and form secondary trunks
Origin of banyan
earlier banyan Gujarati trader, from Portuguese banean, probably from Tamil vāniyan trader, from Sanskrit vāṇija; from a tree of the species in Iran under which such traders conducted business
First Known Use: 1634
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