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bodhi tree

noun
1.

bo tree

[boh] /boʊ/
noun
1.
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 of bo tree
1860-1865
1860-65; partial translation of Sinhalese bogaha, equivalent to bo (< Pali bodhi < Sanskrit; see Bodhisattva) + gaha tree
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  • The "fortunate tree," the tree "of good omen," the bodhi tree.

  • bodhi tree, the tree under which Buddha acquires enlightenment.

    The Buddha Paul Carus
  • I'll split the bodhi tree by lightning And frighten thee away with rumbling thunder.

    The Buddha Paul Carus
British Dictionary definitions for bodhi tree

Bodhi Tree

/ˌbəʊdɪ/
noun
1.
the sacred peepul at Buddh Gaya under which Gautama Siddhartha attained enlightenment and became the Buddha
Word Origin
Sanskrit bodhi enlightenment

bo tree

/bəʊ/
noun
1.
another name for the peepul
Word Origin
C19: from Sinhalese, from Pali bodhitaru tree of wisdom, from Sanskrit bodhi wisdom, awakening; see Bodhisattva
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Word Origin and History for bodhi tree

bo tree

n.

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

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