BAN’DOG. n.s. [from ban or band, and dog. The original of this
word is very doubtful. Caius, de canibus Britannicis, derives it
from band, that is, a dog chained up. Skinner inclines to deduce
it from bana, a murderer. May it not come from ban a curse,
as we say a curst cur; or rather from baund, swelled or large, a
Danish word; from whence, in some counties, they call a great
nut a ban-nut.] A kind of large dog.
The time of night when Troy was set on fire,
The time when screech-owls cry, and bandogs howl.
Shakesp. Henry VI. p. ii.
Or privy, or pert, if any bin,
We have great bandogs will tear their skin. Spens. Pastorals.
[Bandog may be a dog of bad omen
the scriech owl, wch is reckon’d so, being added.
For In Scotland thee ^common people observe
that before a person’s death
happens, some dog, & genlly
it is a strange dog, comes ^at the dead of night &
howles three or four times
at ye door ^ and yn goes off […].