pi·pal or pee·pul (pēpəl)
A fig tree (Ficus religiosa) native to India, having gray bark and heart-shaped leaves with a long tip. It is revered by Buddhists as the species of tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment. Also called bo tree, bodhi tree.
[Hindi pīpal, from Sanskrit pippalam.]
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