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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ban·yan /ˈbænjən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ban·ian n.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ban·yan n.  Bot. A tree of the same genus as the common fig, and called the Indian fig (Ficus Indica), whose branches send shoots to the ground, which take root and become additional trunks, until it may be the tree covers some acres of ground and is able to shelter thousands of men.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: East Indian tree that puts out aerial shoots that grow down
           into the soil forming additional trunks [syn: banyan
           tree, banian, banian tree, Indian banyan, East
           Indian fig tree, Ficus bengalensis]
      2: a loose fitting jacket; originally worn in India [syn: banian]