Banian days
Banian Ban"ian (b[a^]n"yan or b[a^]n*y[a^]n"; 277), n. [Skr. banij merchant. The tree was so named by the English, because used as a market place by the merchants.] 1. A Hindu trader, merchant, cashier, or money changer. [Written also {banyan}.] [1913 Webster]

2. A man's loose gown, like that worn by the Banians. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bot.) The Indian fig. See {Banyan}. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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