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hsien

[shyuhn] /ʃyʌn/
noun, plural hsien.
1.
(in popular Chinese religion) one of a group of benevolent spirits promoting good in the world.
2.
(in China) a county or district.
Origin of hsien
1965-1970
1965-70; < Chinese (Wade-Giles) hsien1, (pinyin) xiān hermit, wizard
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  • A rattling laugh broke from hsien Sgam, a laugh that was punctuated by a crash.

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  • "hsien Sgam was the first to show me where the jewels were hidden," she resumed.

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  • hsien Sgam's vermilion-lacquered sedan-chair swayed along at his side, and in front and rear was a file of leather-helmeted men.

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  • To Trent it seemed the essence of hsien Sgam's story—his tragedy.

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  • To one of these cardinals hsien Sgam spoke, and the former parted lacquered sliding-doors and disappeared.

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  • The doors parted and he stepped out, motioning to hsien Sgam.

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  • Realizing it would be unwise to offend hsien Sgam at the outset, the Englishman accepted the proffered hand.

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  • Immediately hsien Sgam got to his feet, instructing Trent to do the same.

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  • Trent drew the revolver from beneath his garments; passed it to hsien Sgam.

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  • As Trent watched hsien Sgam, an emotion almost of pity smote him.

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