• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bavin A fagot of brushwood, or other light combustible matter, for kindling fires; refuse of brushwood.
    • Bavin Impure limestone.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bavin A fagot of brushwood; light and combustible wood used for kindling fires.
    • n bavin Milit., a fascine.
    • bavin Resembling bavin.
    • bavin To make up into fagots.
    • n bavin Impure limestone.
    • n bavin A name on the northeastern coast of Ireland of the ballan-wrasse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bavin bav′in a fagot of brushwood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Gael. & Ir. baban, tuft, tassel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. baffe, a fagot; but this is doubtful.


In literature:

They conjectured of old at Athens, an aptitude for the mathematics in him they saw ingeniously bavin up a burthen of brushwood.
"The Essays of Montaigne, Complete" by Michel de Montaigne
Three large bavins set up his trade, with a bench, which, in the vacation of the afternoon, he used for his day-bed.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
Bavin in war applies to fascines.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Bavin had done everything as it should be done, at Eton, at Balliol, at All Souls, at the Bar, in the social world.
"Years of Plenty" by Ivor Brown

In poetry:

Shoo can booast ov her een,--that shoo can!
But shoo's nowt at aw envy,--net me!
Unless it's her bavin a man,
Asteead ov a hawbuck like thee.
"A Pair O' Black Een" by John Hartley