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ban·tam

(băn′təm)
n.
1. Any of various breeds of very small domesticated fowl that are often miniatures of members of larger breeds.
2. A small but aggressive and spirited person.
adj.
1. Diminutive; miniature.
2. Aggressive and spirited.

[From Bantam, English form of the name of Banten, seaport in western Java near the Sunda Strait that was important in the pepper trade in the mercantile era and where European ships would often reprovision, as with chickens of small Asian breeds.]

bantam

(ˈbæntəm)
n
1. (Breeds) Also called: banty any of various very small breeds of domestic fowl
2. Also called: banty a small but aggressive person
3. (Boxing) boxing short for bantamweight
4. (Hockey (Field & Ice))
a. an age level of between 13 and 15 in amateur sport, esp ice hockey
b. (as modifier): bantam hockey.
[C18: after Bantam village in Java, said to be the original home of this fowl]

ban•tam

(ˈbæn təm)

n.
1. (often cap.) a chicken of any of several varieties or breeds characterized by very small size.
2. a small and feisty or quarrelsome person.
adj.
3. diminutive; tiny.
4. feisty; combative.
[1740–50; appar. after Bantam]

Ban•tam

(ˈbæn təm)

n.
a village in W Java, in S Indonesia: first Dutch settlement in the East Indies.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bantam - any of various small breeds of fowlbantam - any of various small breeds of fowl
domestic fowl, fowl, poultry - a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowl
Adj.1.bantam - very smallbantam - very small; "diminutive in stature"; "a lilliputian chest of drawers"; "her petite figure"; "tiny feet"; "the flyspeck nation of Bahrain moved toward democracy"
little, small - limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"

bantam

adjective
Notably below average in amount, size, or scope:
Translations
دَجاج صَغير، بَنْطَم
bantamkamalý
bantamhønsdværghøns
bantambaromfi
smávaxiî hænsnakyn
bantamų veislės višta
mazgabarīta-nelielspundurgailispundurvista
liliputka
Çin tavuğu

bantam

[ˈbæntəm] Ngallina f bántam

bantam

[ˈbæntəm]
n (= chicken) → poule f naine
modif [rooster, cock, hen] → nain(e); [egg] → de poule naine

bantam

nBantamhuhn nt

bantam

[ˈbæntəm] ngallo "bantam"

bantam

(ˈbӕntəm) noun
a small variety of domestic fowl. She keeps bantams; (also adjective) a bantam cock.
References in classic literature ?
The birds that the two girls had brought in were duly returned to the yard, and the process was repeated till all the pet cocks and hens had been submitted to the old woman--Hamburghs, Bantams, Cochins, Brahmas, Dorkings, and such other sorts as were in fashion just then--her perception of each visitor being seldom at fault as she received the bird upon her knees.
You recollect the case of the Middlesex Dumpling and the Suffolk Bantam, Grummer?
Poyser's bantam cock, who fancied the sun got up every morning to hear him crow.
The only one with anything approaching to a voice, is an aged bantam at the baker's; and even he is hoarse, in consequence of bad living in his last place.
But when we compare the dray-horse and race-horse, the dromedary and camel, the various breeds of sheep fitted either for cultivated land or mountain pasture, with the wool of one breed good for one purpose, and that of another breed for another purpose; when we compare the many breeds of dogs, each good for man in very different ways; when we compare the game-cock, so pertinacious in battle, with other breeds so little quarrelsome, with 'everlasting layers' which never desire to sit, and with the bantam so small and elegant; when we compare the host of agricultural, culinary, orchard, and flower-garden races of plants, most useful to man at different seasons and for different purposes, or so beautiful in his eyes, we must, I think, look further than to mere variability.
he cried, at last; "but there is still rope enough left for you, my fine bantam, that wouldn't give up.
The Bantams had Paul Heckingbottom sent off before they took the lead through substitute Barry Conlon - who was booed when coming on - after 79 minutes.
I am proud of the boys," said Bantams boss Stuart McCall.
Despite a bright start by the Bantams, it was the hosts who took the lead inside six minutes through Filipe Morais.
The first-half was a cagey affair, but Pools' Eifion Williams saw a well-struck shot parried by Bantams keeper Paul Henderson in the eighth minute and then spooned the rebound wide of the goal.
Robson said he was reluctant to pledge his future to the Bantams while the club was in administration.
Arthur, of Ballynahinch, Co Down, breeds fancy fowl, mainly bantams, which he exhibits at shows nationwide.