Banyan



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.

Contemporary Examples

It was aimed down here toward the banyan tree on December 28, 2009.
The Perils of Karachi Steve Inskeep October 13, 2011

The ambulance parked by the banyan tree had a word in red on the side, in English and Urdu: “Edhi.”
The Perils of Karachi Steve Inskeep October 13, 2011

Robert Pavlik, chief market strategist at banyan Partners, disagreed the acquisition was a desperate move.
Facebook’s ‘Desperate’ $19 Billion Gamble on WhatsApp CNBC February 19, 2014

Historical Examples

We tried also to get them to come to our Church under the shade of the banyan tree.
The Story of John G. Paton James Paton

Others, like the banyan, are among the largest trees of the forest.
The Plant Hunters Mayne Reid

It is a plant of rapid growth, and from the larger branches roots descend to the earth as in the case of the banyan tree.
Catalogue of Economic Plants in the Collection of the U. S. Department of Agriculture William Saunders

Most of these belong to banyan merchants in Maskat, and are manned by Indian sailors.
Southern Arabia Theodore Bent

She ran past the banyan trees without giving them a thought and began to break the flowers from the rose-tree.
Tales of Folk and Fairies Katharine Pyle

The sepoy sees again his village and feels the shade of the banyan.
The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley

He found the god of fire, Mau-ika, living in a house built from a banyan tree.
Legends of Ma-ui–a demi god of Polynesia, and of his mother Hina W. D. Westervelt

noun
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
n.

“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.”

company
A personal computer networking company, best known for its “Vines” products for local area networks.
Address: Westborough MA, USA.
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