Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A foreign businessman or a trader in China.
  • n. A foreigner who is a chief executive of a business or company operating in China; a tycoon.
  • n. A large, extremely venomous elapid snake (Oxyuranus scutellatus) of Australia and New Guinea, having long fangs and large venom glands.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large highly venomous snake of northeastern Australia

Etymologies

Chinese (Cantonese) taaî-paan, eminent businessman, head of a firm, equivalent to Chinese (Mandarin) tái, big + bān, class.
Wik-Mungan (Aboriginal language of northeast Australia) dhayban.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Indonesia: aulia: A maid who arrived in Surabaya from Taiwan is the 1st suspected Indonesian swine flu carrier according to #metrotv (via @wolwol) fujitasenpai: RT @BrandingComm: Rebranding Idea: instead of “Swine Flu” how about “Hamdemic”, “Aporkalypse” or “Snoutbreak”? antonnyliem: Dimsum@ taipan.

    Global Voices in English » Southeast Asia: Twitter reactions on H1N1 virus

  • Heir apparent to Chinese-Filipino taipan John Gokongwei and the driving force behind the rapid expansion of Cebu Pacific, Lance Gokongwei is causing a big splash in the Philippines and across Southeast Asia as he secures more and more routes for the low-cost carrier.

    The Southeast Asia Power List

  • Dubbed the "brown taipan," he stands out as an ethnic Filipino tycoon.

    Manuel Villar's Run for President

  • He was a taipan, one of the big business heads in Shanghai.

    Clockwork Angel

  • Money was only part of the recompense for a taipan or griffin, the assistant to a taipan.

    The Last Empress

  • Addendum and details Oxyuranus temporalis - the new taipan species

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • Mark Hutchinson, reptile and amphibian curator at the South Australian Museum, caught the immature female taipan while it was crossing a dirt track.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • RESEARCHERS have found a new species of taipan snake slithering in the outback.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • In the paper “A new species of taipan (Elapidae: Oxyuranus) from central Australia”, researchers P. Doughty, B. Maryan, S.C. Donnellan and M.N. Hutchinson (in Zootaxa 1422: 45-58: 2007) described Oxyuranus temporalis.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • This marks the third species of taipan known, and the first in 125 years.

    Archive 2007-03-01

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