Also called banyan tree. an East Indian fig tree, Ficus benghalensis, of the mulberry family, having branches that send out adventitious roots to the ground and sometimes cause the tree to spread over a wide area.
Also, bania, baniya.
a Hindu trader or merchant of a particular caste, the rules of which forbid eating flesh.
a loose shirt, jacket, or gown.
To this banian all the Company’s servants are made subject; they are bound to obey all his orders, and those of his committee.
The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.) Edmund Burke
They reached Fiji, went on shore, and there stood the banian tree.
The Solomon Islands and Their Natives H. B. (Henry Brougham) Guppy
On banian or fish days, our men preferred eating these roots with oil and vinegar to the best stock-fish.
A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VII Robert Kerr
The banian hospital at Surat is a most remarkable institution.
An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. I (of 4) William Kirby
Breadfruit, banian, mulberry, and other barks furnished the fiber.
White Shadows in the South Seas Frederick O’Brien
Was that the banian tree of which he had been warned by the old Byragee at Surroori?
Tara Philip Meadows Taylor
Under that banian tree lay my dead comrade—poor Shaw; I would have given a fortune to have had him by my side at this time.
How I Found Livingstone Henry M. Stanley
The slopes on either hand are wooded, that of banian to much the greatest extent.
Herzegovina George Arbuthnot
banian days, days when no meat is served out to ships’ crews.
The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
After praying they went and sat under a banian tree, and all day long they had nothing to eat or drink.
Deccan Nursery Tales Charles Augustus Kincaid
a variant spelling of banyan
a moraceous tree, Ficus benghalensis, of tropical India and the East Indies, having aerial roots that grow down into the soil forming additional trunks
a member of the Hindu merchant caste of N and W India
a loose-fitting shirt, jacket, or robe, worn originally in India
“Indian fig tree,” 1630s, so called in reference to a tree on the Iranian coast of the Persian Gulf under which the Hindu merchants known as banians had built a pagoda. From Sanskrit vanija “merchant.”
to expel from or relegate to a country or place by authoritative decree; condemn to exile: He was banished to Devil’s Island. to compel to depart; send, drive, or put away: to banish sorrow. Contemporary Examples Newspaper editorials called on colleges and high schools to banish football outright. Super Bowl XLVIII Is Set to Be […]
to expel from or relegate to a country or place by authoritative decree; condemn to exile: He was banished to Devil’s Island. to compel to depart; send, drive, or put away: to banish sorrow. Contemporary Examples Is the GOP becoming a smaller tent where dissent is grounds for banishment? The GOP’s Liability on the Fringe […]
a baluster. Sometimes, banisters. the balustrade of a staircase. Contemporary Examples “I saw one man, he got tired, and he went over to the banister and he jumped off and killed himself,” she says. The Haunted Symbol of New Orleans Nicole LaPorte August 27, 2010 Historical Examples With one hand she grasped the banister and […]
- Banister back
a back of a chair or the like, usually having semicircular spindles between the top rail and the cross rail or seat.