• Banyan
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n banyan a loose fitting jacket; originally worn in India
    • n banyan East Indian tree that puts out aerial shoots that grow down into the soil forming additional trunks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Banyan (Bot) A tree of the same genus as the common fig, and called the Indian fig (Ficus Indica), whose branches send shoots to the ground, which take root and become additional trunks, until it may be the tree covers some acres of ground and is able to shelter thousands of men.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n banyan See banian.
    • n banyan See banian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Banyan an Indian tree of the fig family, remarkable for its vast rooting branches: a Hindu trader, esp. from Guzerat, sometimes loosely applied to all Hindus in Western Asia: a loose flannel jacket or gown worn in India
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Banian
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Port. banian, perh. through Ar. banyān, from Hind. banya—Sans. vanij, a merchant.


In literature:

Buddha would not enter the city of his countrymen but preached in a banyan grove without the walls.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
Captain de Banyan was very anxious to assist in the operation; but the sufferer declined.
"The Young Lieutenant" by Oliver Optic
At once she espied the banyan trees and the rose-bush.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle
This is called banyan day.
"Journal of an American Prisoner at Fort Malden and Quebec in the War of 1812" by James Reynolds
The banyan tree of the East affords us an apt illustration in this connexion.
"Standards of Life and Service" by T. H. Howard
Palm trees, banyan trees, houses, walled gardens, everywhere restrict it.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
Here is the great banyan tree which covers one thousand square feet and is one hundred and forty-two years old.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
These were called banyan days, in allusion to the vegetarian diet of the Hindu merchants.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
We tried also to get them to come to our Church under the shade of the banyan tree.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
In this garden there is an enormous banyan-tree, one of the largest in the world, and the original of the picture of the school-books.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou

In poetry:

The noble banyan dying lives,
In youth 'twould shield a single man,
In age its spreading shelter gives
Shade for a prince's caravan.
"The Trees" by Abner Cosens
'Whether at midnoon panting laid,
Ye woo'd coy zephyr's transient aid
Under the Banyan's pillar'd shade,
On plain or hill,
Or Plaintain green, that rustling play'd
Across the rill:
"The Scottish Muse" by Hector MacNeill
is not right for the banyan, frangipani, or
jack-fruit trees; or for exotic serpent
life. Ring lizard and snake-skin for the foot, if you see fit;
but here they've cats, not cobras, to
keep down the rats. The diffident
little newt
"The Steeple-Jack" by Marianne Moore

In news:

In the Shadow of the Banyan. The struggle for survival is relayed with elegance and humility in Ratner's autobiographical debut novel set in Khmer Rouge–era Cambodia.
Leslie Joiner, Esther Jensen, Barbara Elliott, Cecilia Jonsson-Bisset and Susan Shaffer - will open their sixth annual Art On Banyan exhibit with a reception from 5 pm to 7:30 pm Thursday at the Boca Grance Art Alliance Art Center.
'Banyan Street' team still working on Boca movie.
For Boca Grande, "Banyan Street" might still be the next movie filmed on Gasparilla Island if funding ever comes together.
Banyan tree at Naples Children's Museum closer to being finished.
Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts.
In the Shadow of the Banyan. The horrors committed by Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, as experienced by one extremely resilient girl.
In this blog, our Asia correspondents and our Banyan columnist provide comment and analysis on Asia's political and cultural landscape.
Enlarge Allison Carey, The Plain Dealer Green faux-leather crossbody bag $41, Banyan Tree (2242 Professor Ave, Cleveland, 216-241-1209) Bright bags, 2012 gallery (11 photos).
EAN , Nigeria's first FBO, to partner with Banyan Air Service in Florida.
Located along a lush stretch of Old Cutler Road and concealed by banyan and mangrove forests, Hammock Oaks is undeniably idyllic, if exclusive.
In the Shadow of the Banyan.
The Boca Grande Art Alliance is planning its first Memorial Day Weekend Art Show, featuring paintings, glass and pottery by island artist members at 236 Banyan St. Back to Article.
The Boca Grande Art Alliance is planning its first Memorial Day Weekend Art Show, featuring paintings, glass and pottery by island artist members at 236 Banyan St.
The Boca Grande Art Alliance photography show from the Boca Grande Camera was a two-day smash Jan 28-29 at 236 Banyan St, according to organizer Bob Elliott.