Bania



banyan (def 2).
Historical Examples

The banjo or bania of the African negro having grass strings is still in use on the coast of Guinea.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 Various

They nearly all belong to the bania caste, and are engaged in moneylending and trade like other banias.
The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India–Volume I (of IV) R.V. Russell

Once upon a time there was a town called Atpat.1 In it there lived a bania who had no son.
Deccan Nursery Tales Charles Augustus Kincaid

Land, rules for occupation of—Khond 7; rights in—bania 24; ownership of—Intro.
The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India–Volume I (of IV) R.V. Russell

As a trader the bania formerly had a high standard of commercial probity.
The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India R. V. Russell

They say that once a bania was walking along the road with a cocoanut in his hand when Vishnu met him and asked him what it was.
The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India R. V. Russell

A subcaste of bania, whose name is derived from the same place.
The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India–Volume I (of IV) R.V. Russell

And the bania did so, but when he had almost got home he could not help looking behind him to see if there were really any sheep.
The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India R. V. Russell

In Saugor, a bania is put out of caste if he keeps buffaloes.
The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India R. V. Russell

Thus in the matter of common usage bania conforms in all respects to the requirements of a proper caste name.
The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India R. V. Russell

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