bantam /ˈbantəm/

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I. noun

1. a chicken of a small breed, the cock of which is noted for its aggression.
2. [usu. as modifier]
(Canadian) a level of amateur sport typically involving children aged between 13 and 15

bantam hockey.
3. short for bantamweight.





Oxford Dictionary of English

– origin mid 18th cent.: apparently named after the province of Bantam in Java, although the fowl is not native there.

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