Definition of banyan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbænjən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbænjən//
(also banyan tree)
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a S Asian tree with structures that grow down from the branches to the ground and then grow into new roots and trunks Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Portuguese, from Gujarati vāṇiyo ‘man of the trading caste’, from Sanskrit. Originally denoting a Hindu merchant, the term was applied, by Europeans in the mid 17th cent., to a tree under which such traders had built a pagoda.
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