what is difference between banian and banyan
banian (plural banians)
- Alternative spelling of banyan
- banian in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- banyan (Ficus benghalensis)
- IPA(key): /ba.njɑ̃/
banian m (plural banians)
- banyan (tropical Indian fig tree)
- banian (Indian trader)
- “banian” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- banian, bannian
From Portuguese baniano, from Arabic بَنِيَان (baniyān), from Gujarati વાણિયો (vāṇiyo, “merchant”), from Sanskrit वाणिज (vāṇijá), from earlier वणिज् (vaṇíj, “merchant, trader”). The name appears to have been first bestowed popularly on a famous tree of this species growing near Bandar Abbas, under which the Bannians or Hindu traders settled at that port, had built a little pagoda. Doublet of bunnia.
- (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈbæn.jən/
banyan (plural banyans)
- An Indian trader, merchant, cashier, or money changer.
- A tropical Indian fig tree, Ficus benghalensis, that has many aerial roots.
- A type of loose gown worn in India.
- (India) A vest; an undershirt; a singlet.
- (Britain, Naval slang, dated) A camping excursion on shore, to give a ship’s crew a break from shipboard routine.
- (tropical Indian fig tree): banyan tree
- Banyan#Etymology on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Banyan in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)