Apologies for my prolonged and unannounced absence. I will try to avoid such in the future.
Many thanks to everyone for posting and commenting to keep this community alive.
And now, here's a word from one of the Merriam-Webster Online quizzes:
bezonian n., sometimes capitalized
be·zo·ni·an | \ bə-ˈzō-nē-ən, bē-, -nyən\
1 archaic : a military recruit
2 archaic : a mean dishonest person : scoundrel
modification (influenced by English -ian) of Italian bisogno recruit from Spain, literally, need, from Medieval Latin bisonium