taipan

taipan

1 [tahy-pan]
noun
(in China) the head or owner of a foreign business establishment.

Origin:
1895–1900; < dialectal Chinese (compare Guangdong dial. daaih-bāan), akin to Chinese dàbǎn ( great + bǎn company, class)

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taipan

2 [tahy-pan]
noun
a highly venomous elapid snake, Oxyuranus scutellatus, of New Guinea and northern Australia, that grows to a length of from 10 to 12 feet (3.1 to 3.7 meters).

Origin:
1930–35; < Wik-Munkan (Australian Aboriginal language spoken around the Archer River, N Queensland), recorded as tay-pan

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taipan1 (ˈtaɪˌpæn)
 
n
a large highly venomous elapid snake, Oxyuranus scutellatus, of NE Australia
 
[C20: from a native Australian language]

taipan2 (ˈtaɪˌpæn)
 
n
the foreign head of a business in China
 
[C19: from dialectal form of Chinese tai great + ban company, class]

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taipan

any of three species of highly venomous snakes (family Elapidae) found from Australia to the southern edge of New Guinea. Taipans range in colour from beige to gray and pale brown to dark brown. Some taipans also experience seasonal colour changes. The coastal taipan (O. scutellatus) is the largest Australian elapid. Its maximum length is 2.9 metres (9.5 feet); however, most range between 1.8 and 2.4 metres (6 and 8 feet) in length. The fierce snake or inland taipan (O. microlepidotus) is smaller and can grow up to 1.7 metres (5.5 feet) in length. A third species, O. temporalis, was discovered in the central mountain ranges of Western Australia in 2006; its life history and habits await more detailed study

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