Definition of bo tree in English:

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bo tree

Pronunciation: /ˈbō ˌtrē/
(also bodhi tree /ˈbōdē/)


A fig tree native to India and Southeast Asia, regarded as sacred by Buddhists. Also called peepul, pipal.
  • Ficus religiosa, family Moraceae.
Example sentences
  • Theravada Buddhism (one of two types of Buddhism) was introduced to Sri Lanka in the third century B.C. from India, when a branch of the sacred bo tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment was brought to the island.
  • First they offer fragrant flowers (lotus lily and frangipani) at the different Buddhas, then they offer tiny clay lamps burning with coconut oil and finally they chant their thanksgiving quietly under the bo tree.
  • Sometimes police sentries have been placed to protect bo trees from popular vandalism.


Mid 19th century: representing Sinhalese bōgaha 'tree of knowledge' (Buddha's enlightenment having occurred beneath such a tree), from (from Sanskrit budh 'understand thoroughly') + gaha 'tree'.

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Syllabification: bo tree

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