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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The grass is riddled with tiny purple flowers, and a grand banyan tree that neighborhood kids climb grows beside the canal.
Against all odds, that banyan survived the ensuing 239 years and stands, in almost like-new condition, next to the painting in the Atheneum gallery.
The 232 rooms are mostly in three-story tan buildings, set along gray cobblestone paths near palm and banyan trees.
The Bodhi tree, which Buddha sat under for seven days to attain enlightenment, was also a type of banyan.
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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
First Known Use: 1634See Words from the same year
BANYAN Defined for English Language Learners
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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