balian

noun ba·li·an \ˈbälēən\

Definition of balian

plural

balian

or

balians

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

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Origin and Etymology of balian

borrowed from Malay belian “medium, shaman” 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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