Bo tree
Bo tree Bo" tree` (Bot.) 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. [1913 Webster]

The sacred bo tree of the Buddhists ({Ficus religiosa}), which is planted close to every temple, and attracts almost as much veneration as the status of the god himself. . . . It differs from the banyan ({Ficus Indica}) by sending down no roots from its branches. --Tennent. [1913 Webster]

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  • bo tree — 1680s, from Sinhalese bo, from Pali bodhi, short for bodhi taru bo tree, lit. tree of wisdom or enlightenment (related to Skt. buddhah awakened; see BID (Cf. bid)) + taru tree …   Etymology dictionary

  • bo tree — [bō] n. [Sinhalese bo < Pali bodhi < bodhi taru < bodhi, wisdom, enlightenment < Sans budh (see BUDDHA2) + taru, tree] the sacred fig tree (PEEPUL) of Buddhism: Gautama is believed to have received heavenly inspiration under such a… …   English World dictionary

  • bo tree — bo′ tree [[t]boʊ[/t]] n. pln ear pipal • Etymology: 1860–65; partial trans. of Sinhalese bogaha …   From formal English to slang

  • bo tree — noun fig tree of India noted for great size and longevity; lacks the prop roots of the banyan; regarded as sacred by Buddhists • Syn: ↑pipal, ↑pipal tree, ↑pipul, ↑peepul, ↑sacred fig, ↑Ficus religiosa • Hypernyms: ↑fig …   Useful english dictionary

  • bo tree — /boh/ the pipal, or sacred fig tree, Ficus religiosa, of India, under which the founder of Buddhism is reputed to have attained the Enlightenment that constituted him the Buddha. Also called bodhi tree. [1860 65; partial trans. of Sinhalese… …   Universalium

  • bo tree — /ˈboʊ tri/ (say boh tree) noun → Bodhi tree. {bo, from Sinhalese, from Pali bodhi (taru) perfect knowledge (tree) …   Australian English dictionary

  • bo tree — [bəʊ] (also bodh tree) noun a fig tree native to India and SE Asia, regarded as sacred by Buddhists. [Ficus religiosa.] Origin C19: representing Sinhalese bōgaha tree of knowledge (Buddha s enlightenment having occurred beneath such a tree), from …   English new terms dictionary

  • bo tree — noun Etymology: Sinhalese bō, from Sanskrit bodhi enlightenment; from Buddha receiving enlightenment under this tree more at bid Date: 1860 pipal …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bo tree — bəʊtriː pipal, bodhi tree, species of fig tree native to India (sacred to Buddhists because it is said that the founder of Buddhism attained Enlightenment while sitting under this type of tree) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bo-tree — n. the Indian fig tree, Ficus religiosa, regarded as sacred by Buddhists. Also called PIPAL or PEEPUL. Etymology: repr. Sinh. bogaha tree of knowledge (Buddha s enlightenment having occurred beneath such a tree) …   Useful english dictionary

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