Banyan

Ficus benghalensis in India

Ficus benghalensis

Synonyms:
Banyan Fig, Indian Banyan
Banyan (Wiktionary)

English

Wikispecies

Alternative forms

  • banian, bannian

Etymology

From Portuguese baniano, from Arabic بَنِيَان(baniyān), from Gujarati વાણિયો (vāṇiyo, merchant), from Sanskrit वाणिज (vāṇijá), from earlier वणिज् (vaṇíj, merchant, trader). The name appears to have been first bestowed popularly on a famous tree of this species growing near Bandar Abbas, under which the Bannians or Hindu traders settled at that port, had built a little

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