banyan day

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According to the OED, the term is borrowed from the Banyans in the East Indies, a caste that ate nothing that had life.


banyan day (plural banyan days)

  1. (dated, Britain, nautical, idiomatic) In British naval tradition, a day of the week when galley kitchens served no meat on board ship.
  2. (Britain, nautical, idiomatic) A picnic or cookout for the ship's crew.

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