BANIAN

banyan, banian

(noun) a loose fitting jacket; originally worn in India

banyan, banyan tree, banian, banian tree, Indian banyan, East Indian fig tree, Ficus bengalensis

(noun) East Indian tree that puts out aerial shoots that grow down into the soil forming additional trunks

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Noun

banian (plural banians)

Alternative spelling of banyan

Source: Wiktionary


Ban"ian, n. Etym: [Skr. banij merchant. The tree was so named by the English, because used as a market place by the merchants.]

1. A Hindoo trader, merchant, cashier, or money changer. [Written also banyan.]

2. A man's loose gown, like that worn by the Banians.

3. (Bot.)

Definition: The Indian fig. See Banyan. Banian days (Naut.), days in which the sailors have no flesh meat served out to them. This use seems to be borrowed from the Banians or Banya race, who eat no flesh.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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