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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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The story of those brave Birkenhead Bantams and their part in the history of the Great War is awe inspiring, and we owe them a debt we can never repay.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has been training with Bradford and now it seems that The Bantams are ready to snap him up.
But it must be marvellous for the Bantams fans as they have got their big day out against all the odds.
The Bantams are 8-1 to win the cup and just 4-5 to find the force to knock out their top-flight opponents.
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But Bowery salvaged a point right at the death to deny the Bantams a scalp.
But it was the Bantams who broke the deadlock after 20 minutes.
It is believed the Italian is owed pounds 3-4million for the remainder of his four-year contract, and Bantams boss Nicky Law claimed on Wednesday the club could go out of business if he refuses to compromise on the cash owed.
HIGH-FLYING Ipswich piled on the agony for Bradford manager Chris Hutchings as the dismal Bantams continue to suffer from a crisis of confidence.
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