from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A silver coin of Annam and Cambodia, equivalent to a string of 600 cash or to 4 francs.
  • n. A Japanese unit of weight, equal to 1,000 momme or 8.28 pounds avoirdupois.


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  • Super bonus points to the congregation that finds a way to squeeze "kwan" or "zaa" into the name, too.

    Philocrites: Chrismukkah in a UU congregation near you.

  • Some of us stay married because along with fancy schools, tae kwan do lessons, and home-cooked organic food, the two-parent marriage is another impressive — and rare — attainment to bestow on our fragile, gifted children.

    Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

  • When a coin du feu feels good! le coin du feu (kwan dew fuuh) noun, masculine


  • "I know there are concerns that regional security is unstable due to the Cheonan incident," President Lee told Wen and Hatoyama during a summit Sunday, according to presidential adviser Lee Dong-kwan.

    China Avoids Backing Sanctions For NKorea

  • Its both of us, or I do my tae kwan do routine and he eats you.

    Dancing with Werewolves

  • If I'm going to travel to a foreign land and spend the kwan to do it, I want to see what I'm getting into, and I don't want to spend 5 grand and 2 weeks of my time to watch a bobber with a nymph underneath it - I've got the Big Horn 45 minutes from the house.

    A Fish Porn Intervention

  • The scenery, with the Andes, and gauchos, and lakes ... and the culture, is what's worth your kwan.

    A Fish Porn Intervention

  • On his MySpace. com page, he said he liked skiing and tae kwan do.

    January 2007 glimpses

  • Political prisoners are held under even harsher conditions in kwan li so penal camps.

    Inside North Korea's Gulag

  • Shin Dong-Hyok may be the only person to have escaped from a kwan li so camp.

    Inside North Korea's Gulag


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