ba·​li·​an | \ ˈbälēən \
plural balian or balians

Definition of balian

: a Malaysian medium who employs trances in practicing the art of a medicine man

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History and Etymology for balian

borrowed from Malay belian “medium, shaman”

Note: From Proto-Western-Malayo-Polynesian *balian, with reflexes in many languages of the region. See the entry in Robert Blust, Austronesian Comparative Dictionary (on the Internet).

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“Balian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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