bunnia

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Borrowing from Hindi [Term?], from Gujarati [Term?].

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bunnia ‎(plural bunnias)

  1. (India) A merchant or trader.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘In the House of Suddhoo’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio 2005, p. 103:
      I dare not tell, do anything, or get anything done, because I am in debt to Bhangwan Dass the bunnia for two gold rings and a heavy anklet.
    • 2008, Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies, Penguin 2015, p. 84:
      Of what the Englishman's business would consist, the Raja made no enquiry: he was a zemindar after all, not a bania in a bazar, sitting cross-legged on a countertop.

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