What does the word banyan mean?

Usage examples for banyan

  1. As I passed beyond the site of the large banyan tree near the river bank, a strong impulse urged me to look back. – Autobiography of a YOGI by Paramhansa Yogananda
  2. The tale of the Banyan Deer, which offered its life to save a roe and her young, illustrates self- sacrifice of the noblest sort. – The Moral Instruction of Children by Felix Adler
  3. But I am her child, and my mind grows and grows to her like the off- shoots of the banyan- tree, that take root downward, and she sucks and draws it, as she draws my feet by gravitation, and I cannot take wing from her: for she is greater than I, and there is no escaping her; and at the last, I know, my soul will dash itself to ruin, like erring sea- fowl upon pharos- lights, against her wild and mighty bosom. – The Purple Cloud by M.P. Shiel