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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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BEAINER-SUNDAY, Bena-sunday, n. “Sunday before Christmas, on which day it was usual to hang up an ox-head in the chimney, to make broth with” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl. s.v. Beainer-Sunday). [′be:nɑ]Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
Bena-Sunday, prop[erly] Prayer-Sunday, preserved as the name of the 4th Sunday in Advent.

[O.N. bœ̄n, prayer; O.E. bœ̄n, bēn, id.; Mid.Eng. bene, id.]

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