Part of speech: noun

An East- Indian tree, which sends down from its branches roots that develop into accessory trunks; Indian fig.

Part of speech: noun

Same as BANIAN.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", M.P. Shiel.