Ban"yan (&?;), n. [See Banian.]
(Bot.) A tree of the same genus as the common fig, and called
the Indian fig (Ficus Indica), whose branches send shoots to the
ground, which take root and become additional trunks, until it may be the
tree covers some acres of ground and is able to shelter thousands of
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Banyan, the Indian fig; a tree whose branches, bending to the
ground, take root and form new stocks, till they cover a large area and
become a forest.
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