bo tree

bo tree

[boh]
noun
the pipal, or sacred fig tree, Ficus religiosa, of India, under which the founder of Buddhism is reputed to have attained the Enlightenment that constituted him the Buddha.
Also called bodhi tree.


Origin:
1860–65; partial translation of Sinhalese bogaha, equivalent to bo (< Pali bodhi < Sanskrit; see Bodhisattva) + gaha tree

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bo tree (bəʊ)
 
n
another name for the peepul
 
[C19: from Sinhalese, from Pali bodhitaru tree of wisdom, from Sanskrit bodhi wisdom, awakening; see Bodhisattva]

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bo tree
1680s, from Sinhalese bo, from Pali bodhi, short for bodhi-taru "bo tree," lit. "tree of wisdom or enlightenment" (related to Skt. buddhah "awakened;" see bid) + taru "tree."
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