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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Banian  \Ban"ian\,  n.  [Skr.  banij  merchant.  The  tree  was  so  named 
  by  the  English,  because  used  as  a  market  place  by  the 
  merchants.] 
  1.  A  Hindoo  trader,  merchant,  cashier,  or  money  changer. 
  [Written  also  {banyan}.] 
 
  2.  A  man's  loose  gown,  like  that  worn  by  the  Banians. 
 
  3.  (Bot.)  The  Indian  fig.  See  {Banyan}. 
 
  {Banian  days}  (Naut.),  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  banian 
  n  1:  East  Indian  tree  that  puts  out  aerial  shoots  that  grow  down 
  into  the  soil  forming  additional  trunks  [syn:  {banyan}, 
  {banyan  tree},  {banian  tree},  {Indian  banyan},  {East 
  Indian  fig  tree},  {Ficus  bengalensis}] 
  2:  a  loose  fitting  jacket;  originally  worn  in  India  [syn:  {banyan}] 




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