- The definition of bo tree is the sacred tree of Buddhists.
An example of a bo tree is the type under which Gautama was inspired by the heavens.
The leaves of the bo tree.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Sinhalese bo ; from Pali bodhi ; from bodhi-taru ; from bodhi, wisdom, enlightenment ; from Sanskrit budh (see Buddha) plush taru, tree
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Origin: Partial translation of Sinhalese bo-gaha, tree of wisdom (because it was the tree under which the Buddha was enlightened) : bo, wisdom (from Pali bodhi, from Sanskrit bodhiḥ, enlightenment; see bheudh- in Indo-European roots) + gaha, tree.