Definition of banyan in English:
- Ficus benghalensis, family Moraceae
- The monument is a massive flagpole entwined with the trunk and branches of a symbolic banyan tree forged in steel.
- Then it scampered off up the aerial roots of a nearby banyan tree.
- A porter stops to rest under the shade of a huge banyan tree, its trunk twisting out of the earth and its umbrella-like branches arching over a granite stairway.
- In their saris, salwar kameez, kurtas, t-shirts, trousers, lunghis and banians, people from Assam to Kerala, from Gujarat to Jharkhand, were gathering in Mumbai for the World Social Forum.
- In contrast to more reserved garments like the banyan, the kilt became a symbol of a rough-hewn paradise.
- Also of interest is a rare crimson damask banyan - an early precursor of the dressing gown - of early 18 th-century silk, worn by Thomas Severne, Gentleman of the Bed Chamber to King William III.
Late 16th century: 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 century, to a tree under which such traders had built a pagoda.
The Indian fig tree known as a banyan comes via Portuguese, from a Gujarati word for ‘a man of the trading caste’. The word originally meant a Hindu merchant, but in the mid 17th century came to be applied by Europeans to one particular tree, the Banyans' Tree, under which traders had built a pagoda.
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