chinar

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Etymology[edit]

From Hindi/Urdu, from Persian چنار ‎(čenâr, Platanus).

Noun[edit]

chinar ‎(plural chinars)

  1. The tree Platanus orientalis, the oriental plane.
    • 1854, John Claudius Loudon, Arboretum Et Fruticetum Britannicum[1]:
      The chinar, or Oriental plane tree, has been cultivated in Persia from the earliest period; and Evelyn states that "a worthy knight, who staid at Ispahan when that famous city was infected with a raging pestilence, told" him "that, since they have planted a greater number of these noble treees about it, the plague has not come nigh their dwellings."
    • 2007 October 26, Holland Cotter, “Treasures From a Land in Tumult”, in New York Times[2]:
      The lakes, the gardens, the chinars golden in autumn, the Himalayas all around.
    • 2011, Environment Chronicles: the best of TerraGreen[3], page 57:
      I too felt that the government has not made judicious use of its powers to curb the felling of chinars.