There are 2 definitions of taipan in English:

taipan1

Syllabification: tai·pan
Pronunciation: /ˈtīˌpan
 
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noun

A foreigner who is head of a business in China.
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  • According to the January, 1935 edition of Fortune Magazine, the average salary of taipans working in large foreign hongs was $75,000 per year.
  • Sources say he is frequently sought out for advice and counsel by real taipans, some of Hong Kong's most powerful businessmen.
  • Maggie Keswick's family had been merchants in China for 150 years and, by marrying into the Jardine family, became taipans of the Jardine Matheson company - a corporation which virtually ran Hong Kong.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Chinese (Cantonese dialect) daaihbāan.

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There are 2 definitions of taipan in English:

taipan2

Syllabification: tai·pan
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈtīˌpan/

noun

A large, brown, highly venomous Australian snake.
  • Genus Oxyuranus, family Elapidae: two species, in particular O. scutellatus
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  • For example, Australian snakes such as the taipan and the brown snake use two active enzymes in their venom that are also present in human blood: factor X and factor V.
  • Even Australia's most dangerous snake, the taipan, carries enough venom to kill 30 adults, but its bite is not actually very painful, and it can take several hours for an untreated victim to die.
  • Just this February, Dr. Fry and his colleagues filed a patent for a molecule found in the venom of the inland taipan that may help treat congestive heart failure.

Origin

1930s: from Wik Munkan (an extinct Aboriginal language of northern Queensland) dhayban.

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a wine bottle twelve times the standard size...