pee·​pul | \ ˈpē-(ˌ)pəl How to pronounce peepul (audio) \
variants: or peepal or
plural peepuls or peepals or pipals

Definition of peepul

: 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 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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First Known Use of peepul

1783, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peepul

Hindi & Urdu pīpal, from Sanskrit pippala

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“Peepul.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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