Bon

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Bon

2 [bawn]
noun
an annual festival of the Japanese Buddhists, welcoming ancestral spirits to household altars.
Also called Feast of Lanterns.


Origin:
< Japanese, orig. Urabon < Chinese version of Sanskrit ullambana literally, hanging upside down (a metaphor for the suffering brought on by physical desires)

Bön

[bohn]
noun
a shamanistic Tibetan sect, absorbed by the first Buddhist sects of the 7th century and later.
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Bon1 (bɔːn)
 
n
1.  Feast of Lanterns, Also called: Festival of Lanterns an annual festival celebrated by Japanese Buddhists
2.  a.  the pre-Buddhist priests of Tibet or one such priest
 b.  their religion
 
[from Japanese bon, originally Urabon, from Sanskrit ullambana hanging upside down]

Bon2 (bɒn)
 
n
Cape Bon a peninsula of NE Tunisia

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bon
from Fr., lit. "good" (adj.), from L. bonus "good" (see bene-). It has crossed the Channel in phrases such as bon apétit (1860), lit. "good appetite;" bon-ton (1744) "good style;" bon mot.
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(From "Bonnie", Ken Thompson's wife) A language designed by Ken Thompson and later revised by him to produce B.
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(1997-02-04)

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