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hsien

[shyuhn] /ʃyʌn/
noun, plural hsien.
1.
(in popular Chinese religion) one of a group of benevolent spirits promoting good in the world.
2.
(in China) a county or district.
Origin of hsien
1965-1970
1965-70; < Chinese (Wade-Giles) hsien1, (pinyin) xiān hermit, wizard
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  • Here we changed soldiers, for this was a hsien town, or district centre.

    A Wayfarer in China Elizabeth Kendall
  • Every hsien, city, and important town is reached by waterway.

  • "hsien Sgam was the first to show me where the jewels were hidden," she resumed.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
  • "I've come to report a loss," he announced, looking directly at hsien Sgam.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
  • Trent drew the revolver from beneath his garments; passed it to hsien Sgam.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
  • To Trent it seemed the essence of hsien Sgam's story—his tragedy.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
  • The doors parted and he stepped out, motioning to hsien Sgam.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
  • Immediately hsien Sgam got to his feet, instructing Trent to do the same.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
  • As Trent watched hsien Sgam, an emotion almost of pity smote him.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
  • Now Trent halted at the break of the partition, hsien Sgam at his side.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey

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