banyan day

banyan day

1. obsolete A day of the week on which British sailors were not given meat with their meals. Taken from the Banyan (or Vaniyan) caste of Indian merchants, who wholly abstained from meat. Primarily heard in UK. The captain makes some pretense that the banyan day is for a religious fast, but really, it is just a way to save on the price of meat for a day.
2. obsolete In Australian outstations (homesteads), a day on which the food is of the poorest quality, as when the meat supply has run out. Primarily heard in Australia. Truly, the hardest days out here are the banyan days, when the meals are at their thinnest.
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We shall have a day of it to-day, Bayard, my beauty; but we'll do our duty as we have done.
Bayard Taylor, who could interpret the dim reasonings of animals, and understood their moral natures better than most men, would have found some way to make this poor old chap forget his troubles for a while, but we have not his kindly art, and so had to leave the raven to his griefs.
Nor ends his glory here, for his good steed Doth Brillador and Bayard far exceed; As mettled steeds compared with Rocinante, The reputation they have won is scanty.
Your name is celebrated, your position magnificent; and then the Comte de Morcerf is a soldier, and it is pleasing to see the integrity of a Bayard united to the poverty of a Duguesclin; disinterestedness is the brightest ray in which a noble sword can shine.
Is it a fact that at the weights Bayard could give the other a hundred yards in five furlongs, and that the stable have put their money on him?
His friends frequently wrangle warmly as to whether he is most like Bayard, Lancelot, or Happy Hooligan.
In twenty horses for saddle and draught, which I have particularly at my chateau of Pierrefonds, and which are called - Bayard, Roland, Charlemagne, Pepin, Dunois, La Hire, Ogier, Samson, Milo, Nimrod, Urganda, Armida, Flastrade, Dalilah, Rebecca, Yolande, Finette, Grisette, Lisette, and Musette.
Pierre Joseph Genestas was an unostentatious kind of Bayard.