Definition of kalian in English:

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kalian

Pronunciation: /kaˈljɑːn/

noun

A Persian tobacco pipe with a long tube that draws the smoke through water; a hookah.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Mid 19th century: Persian ḳalyān, from Arabic ġalayān 'bubbling up, boiling'; compare with calean.

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