Bun"co(), n. see bunko.
Bun"kum} (), n. [Buncombe a county of North Carolina.] Speech-making for the gratification of constituents, or to gain public applause; flattering talk for a selfish purpose; anything said for mere show. [Cant or Slang, U.S.]
All that flourish about right of search was bunkum -- all that brag about hanging your Canada sheriff was bunkum . . . slavery speeches are all bunkum.Haliburton.
To speak for Buncombe, to speak for mere show, or popularly.
"The phrase originated near the close of the debate on the famous Missouri Question,' in the 16th Congress. It was then used by Felix Walker -- a nave old mountaineer, who resided at Waynesville, in Haywood, the most western country of North Carolina, near the border of the adjacent county of
Buncombe, which formed part of his district. The old man rose to speak, while the house was impatiently calling for the Question,' and several members gathered round him, begging him to desist. He preserved, however, for a while, declaring that the people of his district expected it, and that he was bound to make a speech for
Bund(), n. [G.] League; confederacy; esp. the confederation of German states.
Bund(), n. [Hindi band.] An embankment against inundation. [India] S. Wells Williams.
Bun"der(), n. [Pers. bandar a landing place, pier.] A boat or raft used in the East Indies in the landing of passengers and goods.
Bun"des*rath`(bn"ds*rt`), n. [G., from bund (akin to E. bond) confederacy + rath council, prob. akin to E. read.] Lit., a federal council, esp. of the German Empire. In the German Empire the legislative functions are vested in the Bundesrath and the Reichstag. The federal council of Switzerland is also so called.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
The Bundesrath of the German empire is presided over by a chancellor, and is composed of sixty-two members, who represent the different states of the empire, being appointed for each session by their respective governments.
By this united congress, the highest tribunal of Switzerland, -- the Bundesrath -- is chosen, and the head of this is a president.J. P. Peters (Trans. Mller's Pol. Hist.).
Bun"des-Ver*samm"lung(?), n. [G.; bund confederacy + versammlung assembly.] See Legislature, Switzerland.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
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