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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See pipal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fig tree regarded as sacred by Hindus and Buddhists.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The peepul tree; esp., the very ancient tree standing at Anurajahpoora in Ceylon, grown from a slip of the tree under which Gautama is said to have received the heavenly light and so to have become Buddha.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Ficus religiosa, or pipul-tree, under which Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, is said to have become “enlightened” (Buddha), after forty days' fixed contemplation, during which time he was subjected to all manner of temptation, and to have evolved the four noble truths by which mankind may be delivered from the miseries attending upon birth, life, and death.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fig tree of India noted for great size and longevity; lacks the prop roots of the banyan; regarded as sacred by Buddhists

Etymologies

Partial translation of Sinhalese bo-gaha, tree of wisdom (because it was the tree under which the Buddha was enlightened) : bo, wisdom (from Pali bodhi, from Sanskrit bodhiḥ, enlightenment; see bheudh- in Indo-European roots) + gaha, tree.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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