a deadly venomous snake (Oxyuranus scutellatus) of the cobra family, found mainly in Australia
Origin of taipan; from name in a language of Australia
Any of several large brown venomous elapid snakes of the genus Oxyuranus of Australia and New Guinea, especially O. scutellatus.
Origin of taipanWik-Mungkan (Pama-Nyungan language of northeast Australia) dhay-ban.
- A powerful businessman in China or Southeast Asia.
- The head of a British trading company in colonial Hong Kong.
Origin of taipanCantonese daai6 baan1, eminent businessman, head of a firm, Cantonese, daai6, big, great (from Middle Chinese t&hhook;aj`; also the source of Mandarin dà), Cantonese baan1, class (from Middle Chinese pa&tricolon;n, division, class; see honcho).
From Mandarin å¤§ç (dÃ bÄn, “big shot, rich businessman").