banyan

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noun ban·yan \ˈban-yən, -ˌyan\

Definition of banyan

  1. :  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 and Etymology 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


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banyan

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Definition of banyan for English Language Learners

  • : an Indian tree with long branches that send roots down to the ground forming secondary trunks


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