Definition of taipan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    taipan

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈtaɪpæn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaɪpæn//
     
    (from Chinese) Amphibians and reptiles
     
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  1. 1a foreign person who is in charge of a business in China
  2. 2 an extremely poisonous Australian snake See related entries: Amphibians and reptiles
  3. Word Origin sense 1 mid 19th cent.: from Chinese (Cantonese dialect) daaihbāan. sense 2 1930s: from Wik Munkan (an extinct Aboriginal language of North Queensland) dhayban.
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