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taipan

noun tai·pan \ ˈtī-ˌpan , ˈtī-ˈpän \

Definition of taipan

: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


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taipan

noun tai·pan \ ˈtī-ˌpan \

Definition of taipan

: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


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