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taipan

1
a large highly venomous elapid snake, Oxyuranus scutellatus, of NE Australia

taipan

2
the foreign head of a business in China
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A unique Chinese restaurant where you can relax in a pleasant atmosphere of authentic Chinese decor, Tai-pan serves Szechuan and Cantonese style of cooking.
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