See also:tree of the fig genus . The name was originally given by Europeans to a particular tree on the Persian Gulf beneath which some
See also:Hindu " merchants " had built a
See also:pagoda . In
See also:Calcutta the word was once generally applied to a native
See also:broker or
See also:head clerk in any business or private
See also:house, now usually known as sircar . Bunya, a corruption of the word
See also:common in Bengal generally, is usually applied to the native
See also:grain-dealer . Early writers sometimes use the
See also:term generically for all
See also:Hindus in western India .
See also:Banyan was long Anglo-
See also:Indian. for an undershirt, in allusion to the
See also:body garment of the Hindus, especially the Banyan . Banyan days is a nautical
See also:slang term, In the
See also:navy there were formerly two days in each week on which
See also:meat formed no
See also:part of the men's rations . These were called banyan days,, in allusion to the vegetarian
See also:diet of the Hindu merchants . Banyan hospital also became a slang term for a hospital for animals, in reference to the Hindu's humanity and his dislike of taking the
See also:life of any animal .
THEODORE FAULLAIN DE BANVILLE (1823-1891)
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