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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Bonze \Bon"ze\ (b[o^]n"z[-e]; 277), n. [Pg. bonzo, fr. Japan.
     b[=o]zu a Buddhist priest: cf. F. bonze.]
     A Buddhist or Fohist priest, monk, or nun.
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: The name was given by the Portuguese to the priests of

           Japan, and has since been applied to the priests of
           China, Cochin China, and the neighboring countries.
           [1913 Webster]

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