Definition of banyan
- The banyan kills the host tree by preventing its trunk from growing. After the host dies, the banyan continues to grow. Eventually, one tree appears to be an entire forest.
- —National Geographic World
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: an Indian tree with long branches that send roots down to the ground forming secondary trunks
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