from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. any of several small chickens, especially one that is a miniature version of another
- adj. small or miniature
- adj. spirited or aggressive
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A variety of small barnyard fowl, with feathered legs, probably brought from Bantam, a district of Java.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A general name for a number of varieties of the common hen possessing the characteristic of very diminutive size.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various small breeds of fowl
- adj. very small
But about other matters, the bantam is belligerent.
The word bantam itself is not only of geographical significance but incites one to conjure images of fast-footed boxers and nimble wrestlers.
The bantam is the proudest cock in my little yard. '
By the use of new state-of-the-art techniques (most of them developed in the present study) the authors demonstrate that one specific miRNA (called bantam) recognizes and regulates the translation of the gene clock.
Told you my bantam was the form horse, didn't I? "
I doubt you could find a GOPer/conservaitve whose opinion on anything right now should be considered worthy of even bearing the classification of "bantam." vette gal
He pointed to the left breast of his polo shirt, which featured a bantam rooster before a stand of pines.
A convincing message with a bantam budget will whip a bulky budget with an unconvincing message every time.
Mr. Neal, who died Thursday at age 81, was described by more than one observer over the years as a "bantam rooster," the kind of chicken used in cockfights, and he was positively allergic to losing.
Today, Lloyd and his wife Lesley Creed run their own homestead in Bolinas, California where they tend an extensive organic garden and bantam chickens, grind their own wheat, make their own sourdough, spin their own wool, and continue to build their own structures most recently, a chicken coop with a living roof.
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