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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Bonzes (sing. Bon’ze).
Indian priests. In China they are the priests of the Fohists; their number is 50,000, and they are represented as idle and disolute. In Japan they are men of rank and family. In Tonquin every pagoda has at least two bonzes, and some as many as fifty.   1


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