Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Be’jan.

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A freshman or greenhorn. This term is employed in the French and Scotch universities, and is evidently a corruption of bec jaune (yellow beak), a French expression to designate a nestling or unfledged bird. In the university of Vienna the freshman is termed beanus, and in France footing-money is bejaunia.   1
        “His grandmother yielded, and Robert was straightway a bejan or yellow-beak.”—Macdonald: R. Falconer.



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