Banyan meaning

bănyən
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A type of loose gown worn in India.
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A tropical Indian fig tree (Ficus benghalensis), often widely spreading because of the many aerial roots that descend from the branches and develop into additional trunks. It is planted for ornament and shade.
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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.
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An Indian trader, merchant, cashier, or money changer.
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A tropical Indian fig tree, Ficus benghalensis, that has many aerial roots.
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Origin of banyan

  • 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

  • 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