American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various breeds of very small domestic fowl that are often miniatures of members of larger breeds.
- n. A small but aggressive and spirited person.
- adj. Diminutive; miniature.
- adj. Aggressive and spirited.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A general name for a number of varieties of the common hen possessing the characteristic of very diminutive size. Many of these varieties are the exact counterparts, except in size, of the corresponding breeds of full size, and were originally reduced in weight by careful selection and breeding of small specimens from these full-sized breeds. There are other varieties, however, as the Japanese and the Sebright bantams, which do not resemble any of the large breeds. The chief varieties are the African, game (in the several colors), Japanese, Pekin, Polish, and Sebright bantams.
- n. Same as Bantam-work.
- Pertaining to or resembling the bantam; of the breed of the bantam; hence, diminutive; puny; absurdly combative, or fussy and consequential.
- n. any of several small chickens, especially one that is a miniature version of another
- adj. small or miniature
- adj. spirited or aggressive
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A variety of small barnyard fowl, with feathered legs, probably brought from Bantam, a district of Java.
- n. any of various small breeds of fowl
- adj. very small
- From Dutch Bantam (a city in Java) (Wiktionary)
- After Bantam, former town in Indonesia from which such fowl were thought to have originated. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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