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banyan

noun ban·yan \ˈban-yən, -ˌyan\

: 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

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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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