Entry from British & World English dictionary
nounAustralian /NZ dated
A band or strap worn round the trouser leg below the knee.
- Its an old time band with old time instruments and the band dress in a uniform of white strides with bowyangs and a red shirt and red chequered kerchief.
- The story goes that while Sam was working at McVeigh's, an artist visitor was so taken by his bushie whiskers and bowyangs that he asked him if he could take a snap.
- Everything we have, either we go back to bowyangs and concertina leggings and then boots and things like that and moleskins and be very English, or use what has come from America.
Late 19th century: from British dialect bow-yanks, bow-yankees 'leather leggings', of unknown origin.
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