One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The oriental plane tree, found from SE Europe to northern Iran.
- ‘Abbottabad had avenues and groves, which contained magnificent trees of horse chestnuts, cedars, pines, chinar, camphor, elm, ash, mahogany, walnut to name a few, and shrubs of alpine nature.’
- ‘The Mirpuris have made chinar leaf their national insignia without ever having seeing what a chinar tree looks like.’
- ‘Returning from Sangrama, Sikka was driving when they passed the chinar tree: driving, and thus further from bike and tree than his mate in the passenger seat.’
- ‘It slid past the chinar trees, the minarets, even the icy tunnel.’
- ‘A large chinar tree between here and Sangrama, they had said, and that was all the description I got.’
- ‘His lover, ‘Bhoomi-who-was-Boonyi’, has switched her name from the former (meaning ‘the earth’) to the latter (‘the local word for the celestial Kashmiri chinar tree’).’
- ‘Huge dark chinars and smaller magnolias, with their large, fragrant loose-petalled flowers, stand alongside the paths.’
- ‘Artist Arshad Suleha's earlier paintings reflected the Valley's turmoil - frozen emotions, shadowy, grim faces, a family in a pool of blood, a frightened couple and a chinar under siege.’
- ‘There was only the rustling of chinar leaves to be heard in the broad, beautiful avenue lined with the unleaving, autumn trees.’
- ‘The leaves of the chinar had just begun to turn yellow, and a blush of red had appeared in the maple trees.’
- ‘It was now late in the afternoon when he came upon the old chinar tree near the crossing.’
- ‘The effect was accentuated by wilting chinar leaves strewn around at the entrance.’
From Persian chinār.
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