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


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  • 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 Aloha Quilt

  • 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.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson

  • The 'Dunedin' was patched up into sailing with the new Bishop for his cathedral ” the banyan tree of Mota.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson

  • 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.

    The Aloha Quilt

  • 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.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • 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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