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1. any of various very small breeds of domestic fowl
2. Boxing short for bantamweight
3. Canadian
a. an age level of between 13 and 15 in amateur sport, esp ice hockey
b. (as modifier): bantam hockey



(Banten), feudal state (sultanate) in West Java from the early 16th to the early 19th centuries. Until 1568, Bantam was the vassal of Demak. It flourished in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, when it expanded its territorial conquests in West Java and southern Sumatra and became an important center for the pepper trade and for intermediary trade in the archipelago. In the 16th century it waged a struggle with Mataram for hegemony on Java. English and Dutch trading stations appeared in Bantam at the start of the 17th century. Defeated in its struggle against Dutch aggression, Bantam became the vassal of the Dutch East India Company and transferred its trade monopoly to the Dutch by a treaty of 1683. Major anti-Dutch uprisings erupted in the mid-18th and early 19th centuries. After the occupation of Java (1811) by the English, the sultanate of Bantam was abolished in 1813. After returning to Java in 1816, the Dutch authorities established the residency of Ban-ten on the territory of the former sultanate. The territory of Bantam is part of the province of West Java in the republic of Indonesia.


Ali, M. Perdjuangan feudal Indonesia. Bandung-Jakarta, 1963.
Vlekke, B. H. M. Nusantara.... The Hague-Bandung, 1960.
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Silkie bantams, once so popular in local farmyards, are not really bantams
The Birkenhead Bantams were formed in November 1914 after the town's then MP, Alfred Bigland, incensed at the rejection of healthy men who wanted to serve their country, petitioned the War Office for permission to establish an undersized fighting unit.
The prize of two guineas attracted ideas such as "The Velocipedes" and "The Oojahs," but retaining the Bantams name was the overall winner.
It would be just even more icing on an already overly rich cake if they managed to pull off a shock win in the final, but whatever happens I am sure the Bradford fans will enjoy themselves - I don't expect to see the Bantams followers I know sober for the best part of next month
Fine, said Kitchener, so up went the notices, Join Bigland's Birkenhead Bantams.
The Bantams were tested when Craig Davies powered a shot towards goal from inside the area which Jon McLaughlin was grateful to smother.
Rory McCardle heading over from a Adam Rundle corner for Dale, while Lee Bullock volleyed just wide for the Bantams and Thorne flashed a header inches past the post.
Romanian international Dan Petrescu's 34th-minute own goal and a superb curling free-kick from Jamie Clapham two minutes from time condemned the Bantams to another sorry defeat.
Catharines bantams this past season, was selected in the first round, 12th overall, in the bantam draft by the Oshawa Generals.
2) Ronna Jurow, feeding her Bantams, believes bird hobbyists would be unfairly restricted under an ordinance that authorities want to use against breeders of fighting roosters.
A reader asks, "Does it pay to raise bantams for eggs?
Trinity College senior forward Cameron Finch (Acton, MA) collected 12 goals and 14 assists in leading the Bantams to the semifinals of the NESCAC tournament.