pee·​pul ˈpē-(ˌ)pəl How to pronounce peepul (audio)
variants or peepal or pipal
plural peepuls or peepals or pipals
: a large, long-lived fig tree (Ficus religiosa) with widely spreading branches that is native from India to southeastern Asia and often begins growth as an epiphyte
A breeze blows through three large trees – two peepuls and a neem.Divya Guha
It is said that it was here under a peepal tree that Prince Siddhartha meditated until he attained enlightenment more than 2,500 years ago and became known as the Buddha – the awakened one.Kencho Wangdi

called also bo tree, bodhi tree, sacred fig

Examples of peepul in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People don’t tend the peepul for its fruit. Jared Farmer, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2023 Eternal leaf of the peepul tree, not far from Benares and the Ganges, under which a beggar prince dispelled the sorrow and fear of dying. Claudio Magris, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 Down to green river valleys that look like capsule Edens: lush grasslands shaded by peepul trees, rare Kol farmsteads, and trails along which no car in history has ever moved. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, 15 May 2019

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu pīpal, from Sanskrit pippala

First Known Use

1783, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peepul was in 1783

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“Peepul.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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