Origin of banyanso called in allusion to such a tree on the southern Iranian coast at the eastern end of the Persian Gulf, under which the banians (see banian) had built a pagoda
Origin of banyanShort for banyan tree merchants' tree from Portuguese banian Hindu merchant from Gujarati vā&nlowdot;iyo from Sanskrit vā&nlowdot;ijah ; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.
From Portuguese baniano, from Arabic بنيان, from Gujarati વાણિયો (vāṇiyo, “merchant”), from Sanskrit वाणिज (vāṇijá), from earlier वणिज् (vaṇíj, “merchant, trader”). The name appears to have been first bestowed popularly on a famous tree of this species growing near Bandar Abbas, under which the Bannians or Hindu traders settled at that port, had built a little pagoda.
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- The oleander grows here to be a tree, and there is a banyan tree, said to be the only one growing out of doors in the United States.
- Many of the inhabitants are the well-known Banyan merchants of the east coast of Africa and Arabia.
- The intermediate tract is a region of rich cultivation, dotted with great banyan trees, thickets of bamboos, exquisite palm foliage and mango groves.
- There is also in these districts a Hindu element in the population, for intercourse has also been maintained for some centuries between India and northern Madagascar, and in some towns the Banyan Indian element is as prominent as the Arab element.
- The tamarind and banyan are also noteworthy.