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A Buddhist monk, especially of China, Japan, or nearby countries.
[French, from Portuguese bonzo, from Japanese bonsō : bon, ordinary (from Early Middle Chinese buam) + sō, monk (from Middle Chinese səng, from Sanskrit saṃghaḥ, sangha; see sangha).]
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(Buddhism) a Chinese or Japanese Buddhist priest or monk
[C16: from French, from Portuguese bonzo, from Japanese bonsō, from Sanskrit bon + sō priest or monk]
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a Buddhist monk, esp. of Japan or China.
[1580–90; < Middle French < Portuguese bonzo or New Latin bonzius < Japanese bonzō ordinary priest]
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A Buddhist monk, especially in Japan or China.
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