Definition of Banian

1. Noun. East Indian tree that puts out aerial shoots that grow down into the soil forming additional trunks.




2. Noun. A loose fitting jacket; originally worn in India.
Exact synonyms: Banyan
Generic synonyms: Jacket

Definition of Banian

1. n. A Hindoo trader, merchant, cashier, or money changer.

Definition of Banian

1. Noun. An Indian trader, merchant, cashier, or money changer. ¹

2. Noun. A type of loose gown worn in India. ¹

3. Noun. A banyan (tree). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Banian

1. a Hindu merchant [n -S]

Medical Definition of Banian

1. 1. A Hindoo trader, merchant, cashier, or money changer. Alternative forms: banyan. 2. A man's loose gown, like that worn by the Banians. 3. The Indian fig. See Banyan. Banian days, 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. Origin: Skr. Banij merchant. The tree was so named by the English, because used as a market place by the merchants. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Banian

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banian (current term)
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Literary usage of Banian

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1. Publications by Oriental Translation Fund (1843)
"the banian interposed ; the ... I may spare it;" the banian offered a pie;1 the other wanted more and more, until the bargain closed with the sum of one ..."

2. A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in by John Pinkerton (1811)
"A DISCOVERY OF THE banian RELIGION. THE INTRODUCTION. ... but whether deterred with the fictions and chimeras wherewith banian writings abound, ..."

3. The American Reader: Containing Extracts Suited to Excite a Love of Science by George Merriam (1828)
"The banian Tree. — These in time suspend their roots, and receiving nourishment ... A banian tree, with many trunks, forms the most beautiful walks, vistas, ..."

4. Travels on the Western Slope of the Mexican Cordillera: In the Form of Fifty by Cincinnatus (1857)
"AMIGO Mio :—The celebrated banian tree, so well know and so much venerated in ... I noticed but few of the banian trees ; however, I understood them to be ..."

5. History of the Sect of Mahārājas, Or Vallabhāchāryas, in Western India by Karsondas Mulji (1865)
"Krishnadas then said to his wife, ' You gave a promise yesterday to the banian, and the banian must be expecting you, and therefore the promise given to him ..."

6. Annual Record of Science and Industry for 1871-78 by Spencer Fullerton Baird (1878)
"Roots of the banian Tree. The most remarkable evidence of the extraordinary power of the pendent roots of the banian has been lately exhibited in the ..."

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