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banian

[ban-yuh n] /ˈbæn yən/
noun
1.
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British Dictionary definitions for banian

banian

/ˈbænjən/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of banyan

banyan

/ˈbænjən/
noun
1.
a moraceous tree, Ficus benghalensis, of tropical India and the East Indies, having aerial roots that grow down into the soil forming additional trunks
2.
a member of the Hindu merchant caste of N and W India
3.
a loose-fitting shirt, jacket, or robe, worn originally in India
Word Origin
C16: from Hindi baniyā, from Sanskrit vānija merchant
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