1. A Hindu 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.
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]