- n. East Indian tree that puts out aerial shoots that grow down into the soil forming additional trunks
“She happily pointed out the road to Ho‘oilo House, a bed and breakfast in the west Maui foothills run by her friends Dan and Amy; an ideal wayside for whale spotting; her favorite used bookstore; and the direction to a banyan tree at Courthouse Square, which Claire promised to show her another time.”
“The great banyan tree is as grand as ever, a magnificent tree, a forest in itself, and the view of the sea under its great branches, and of the islands of Matlavo and Valua, is beautiful.”
“The 'Dunedin' was patched up into sailing with the new Bishop for his cathedral ” the banyan tree of Mota.”
“She took her morning walks through Lahaina, along the ocean and around Courthouse Square, where an enormous banyan tree rose about sixty feet into the air and shaded nearly two-thirds of an acre, with a dozen aerial roots as thick as trunks stretching down to plunge back into the earth.”
“In Calcutta — where most people get their haircuts and shaves from sidewalk barbers who squat on the curb while the customer squats in the gutter — the old shop was just off Chowringhee Road, tucked under a hundred-trunked banyan tree which is said to be as old as the earth.”
“The Colonel at Firebase Mordant wanted the banyan tree down NOW because an armored regiment of North Vietnamese could camp under, around, and inside it.”
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