baniani

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Swahili[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic بنيان, from Gujarati વાણિયો (vāṇiyo, merchant).

Noun[edit]

baniani (ma class, plural mabaniani)

  1. banyan (Indian merchant)
  2. Hindu
    Synonym: Mhindu

Usage notes[edit]

The sense "Hindu" is nowadays used by non-Hindus, primarily Muslims, and may carry negative connotations.