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English Dictionary: banyan by the DICT Development Group
4 results for banyan
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. East Indian tree that puts out aerial shoots that grow down into the soil forming additional trunks
    Synonym(s): banyan, banyan tree, banian, banian tree, Indian banyan, East Indian fig tree, Ficus bengalensis
  2. a loose fitting jacket; originally worn in India
    Synonym(s): banyan, banian
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Banian \Ban"ian\, n. [Skr. banij merchant. The tree was so named
      by the English, because used as a market place by the
      1. A Hindoo trader, merchant, cashier, or money changer.
            [Written also {banyan}.]
      2. A man's loose gown, like that worn by the Banians.
      3. (Bot.) The Indian fig. See {Banyan}.
      {Banian days} (Naut.), days in which the sailors have no
            flesh meat served out to them. This use seems to be
            borrowed from the Banians or Banya race, who eat no flesh.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Banyan \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 men.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      A {personal computer} networking company, best known
      for its "{Vines}" products for {local area networks}.
      Address: Westborough MA, USA.
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