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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large kerchief, usually colourful and used either as headgear or as a handkerchief, neckerchief, bikini, or sweatband.
  • n. A style of calico printing, in which white or bright spots are produced upon cloth previously dyed a uniform red or dark colour, by discharging portions of the color by chemical means, while the rest of the cloth is under pressure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large handkerchief, dyed blue, yellow, or red, with small spots left white, where the stuff has been pressed to prevent it from receiving the dye.
  • n. A style of calico-printing in imitation of bandana handkerchiefs, white spots being produced on a red or dark-colored ground by discharging the color.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large and brightly colored handkerchief; often used as a neckerchief

Etymologies

From Hindi बन्धन (bandhana, "he ties"), from Sanskrit बध्नाति (badhnāti, "he binds"). (Wiktionary)

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