from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A large kerchief, usually colourful and used either as headgear or as a handkerchief, neckerchief, bikini, or sweatband.
  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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


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