Definition of kalian in English:
A Persian tobacco pipe with a long tube that draws the smoke through water; a hookah.
- They want to know whether the people smoke kalians and ride horses.
- The sleek-looking spice merchant was smoking kalian after kalian in dreamy contemplation of his assistant waiting on customers.
- A guest, if he does not bring his own pipe and pipe-bearer, has a kalian offered to him.
Mid 19th century: Persian ḳalyān, from Arabic ġalayān 'bubbling up, boiling'; compare with calean.
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