Taipan meaning

tī'păn'
Any of several large brown venomous elapid snakes of the genus Oxyuranus of Australia and New Guinea, especially O. scutellatus.
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A powerful businessman in China or Southeast Asia.
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The head of a British trading company in colonial Hong Kong.
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Any of several large brown venomous elapid snakes of the genus Oxyuranus of Australia and New Guinea, especially O. scutellatus.
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A deadly venomous snake (Oxyuranus scutellatus) of the cobra family, found mainly in Australia.
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A foreign businessman in China; a tycoon. [from 19th c.]
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Any venomous elapid snake of the genus Oxyuranus, found in Australia and New Guinea. [from 20th c.]
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Origin of taipan

Cantonese daai6 baan1 eminent businessman, head of a firm Cantonese, daai6 big, great (from Middle Chinese tfiaj`) (also the source of Mandarin ) Cantonese baan1 class (from Middle Chinese paːn division, class honcho)