bodhi tree

noun
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

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The first known use of bodhi tree was in 1838

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“Bodhi tree.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bodhi%20tree. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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