WANGHEE to WITNER
WANGHEE, WHANGEE, s. The trade name for a slender yellow bamboo with beautifully regular and
short joints, imported from Japan. We cannot give the origin of the term with any conviction. The two
following suggestions may embrace or indicate the origin. (1). Rumphius mentions a kind of bamboo
called by him Arundinarbor fera, the native name of which is Bulu Swangy (see in vol. iv. cap. vii. et
seqq.). As buluh is Malay for bamboo, we presume that swangi is also Malay, but we do not know its
meaning. (2). Our friend Professor Terrien de la Couperie notes: In the Kang-hi-tze-tien, 118, 119, the
Huang-tchu is described as follows: A species of bamboo, very hard, with the joints close together; the
skin is as white as snow; the larger kind can be used for boats, and the smaller used for pipes, &c. See
also Wells Williams, Syllabic Dict. of the Chinese Lang. p. 251.
WATER-CHESTNUT. The trapa bispinosa of Roxb.; Hind. singhara, the horned fruit. See SINGARA.
WEAVER-BIRD, s. See BAYA.
WEST-COAST, n.p. This expression in Dutch India means the west coast of Sumatra. This seems also to have been the recognised meaning of the term at Madras in former days. See SLAVE.
[1685.Orderd that the following goods be laden aboard the Syam Merchant for the West Coast of Sumatra. Pringle, Diary Ft. St. Geo. 1st ser. IV. 136; also see 136, 138, 163, &c.]
1770.Now all European ships are obliged to anchor at Houang-poa, three leagues from the city (Canton).Raynal, tr. 1777, ii. 258.
WHISTLING TEAL, s. This in Jerdon is given as Dendrocygna Awsuree of Sykes. Latin names given to birds and beasts might at least fulfil one object of Latin names, in being intelligible and pronounceable by foreign nations. We have seldom met with a more barbarous combination of impossible words than this. A numerous flock of these whistlers is sometimes seen in Bengal sitting in a tree, a curious habit for ducks.
WHITE ANTS. See ANTS, WHITE.
WHITE JACKET, s. The old custom in the hot weather, in the family or at bachelor parties, was to wear this at dinner; and one or more dozens of white jackets were a regular item in an Indian outfit. They are now, we believe, altogether, and for many years obsolete. [They certainly came again into common use some 20 years ago.] But though one reads under every generation of British India that they had gone out of use, they did actually survive to the middle of the last century, for I can remember a white-jacket dinner in Fort William in 1849. [The late Mr. Bridgman of Gorakhpur, whose recollection of India dated
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