bodhi tree

bo·​dhi tree | \ ˈbō-dē- How to pronounce bodhi tree (audio) \
variants: or Bodhi tree
plural bodhi trees or Bodhi trees

Definition of bodhi tree

: peepul Explore the stupas and temples at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed sacred city, Anuradhapura, which was built around a cutting of the Bodhi tree under which Buddha gained enlightenment in India.— Angela Saurine The pay-off comes gradually as you climb the steps … up past crumbling white stupas and bodhi trees, till you reach the summit …— Jaime Ee

First Known Use of bodhi tree

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bodhi tree

Pali bodhi "awakening," going back to Sanskrit bodhiḥ, noun derivative from the base of bodhati "(s/he) wakes, is awake, observes" — more at bid entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bodhi tree

Time Traveler for bodhi tree

Time Traveler

The first known use of bodhi tree was in 1838

See more words from the same year

Statistics for bodhi tree

Cite this Entry

“Bodhi tree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Comments on bodhi tree

What made you want to look up bodhi tree? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!