banyan day

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


banyan day ‎(plural banyan days)

  1. (dated, nautical, idiomatic) In British naval tradition, this originally referred to a day of the week when galley kitchens served no meat on board ship.
  2. (idiomatic) In modern usage it refers to a picnic or cookout for the ship's crew.

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  • The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue / Lexicon Balatronicum: A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence: altered and enlarged (London; 1811)