I. noun Etymology: Chinese (Guangdong) daaih-bāan, from daaih big + bāan class Date: 1834 a powerful businessman and especially formerly a foreigner living and operating in Hong Kong or China II. noun Etymology: Wik Munkan (Australian aboriginal language of northern Queensland) dhayban Date: 1933 an exceedingly venomous elapid snake (Oxyuranus scutellatus) of northern Australia and New Guinea; also a related snake (O. microlepidotus)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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