pipal

noun
pi·​pal

variant spelling 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

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“Pipal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pipal. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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