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taipan

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noun tai·pan \ˈtī-ˌpan, ˈtī-ˈpän\

Definition of taipan

  1. :  a powerful businessman and especially formerly a foreigner living and operating in Hong Kong or China

Origin and Etymology of taipan

Chinese (Guangdong) daaih-bāan, from daaih big + bāan class


First Known Use: 1834


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taipan

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noun tai·pan \ˈtī-ˌpan\

Definition of taipan

  1. :  an exceedingly venomous elapid snake (Oxyuranus scutellatus) of northern Australia and New Guinea; also :  a related snake (O. microlepidotus)

Origin and Etymology of taipan

Wik Munkan (Australian aboriginal language of northern Queensland) dhayban


First Known Use: 1933


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