Banyan Definition

bănyən
banyans
noun
banyans
A widespread, tropical fig tree (Ficus benghalensis) that is native to India: shoots that grow from its branches take root and form new trunks over a relatively wide area.
Webster's New World

An Indian trader, merchant, cashier, or money changer.

Wiktionary

A type of loose gown worn in India.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
Ficus bengalensisEast Indian fig treeIndian banyanbanian treebanianbanyan tree

Other Word Forms of Banyan

Noun

Singular:
banyan
Plural:
banyans

Origin of Banyan

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Short for banyan tree merchants' tree from Portuguese banian Hindu merchant from Gujarati vāṇiyo from Sanskrit vāṇijaḥ wen-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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