Adjective "banyan" definition and examples

(Banyan may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈbanjən/

Definitions and examples

noun

An Indian fig tree, the branches of which produce wide-ranging aerial roots which later become accessory trunks.
  1. 'The monument is a massive flagpole entwined with the trunk and branches of a symbolic banyan tree forged in steel.'
  2. '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.'
A loose flannel undergarment worn in India.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'In contrast to more reserved garments like the banyan, the kilt became a symbol of a rough-hewn paradise.'

More definitions

1. 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.

2. 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.

More examples(as adjective)

"trees can be banyan."

Origin

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.