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British Dictionary definitions for kylin

kylin

noun
  1. (in Chinese art) a mythical animal of composite form
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Word Origin

C19: from Chinese ch'i-lin, literally: male-female
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Historical Examples

  • The kylin, or k'i-lin, was an animal symbolising longevity and good government.

    Chats on Oriental China

    J. F. Blacker

  • Sometimes the Kylin, a sort of stag with a dragon's head, and a symbol of good-fortune, was used.

    The Story of Porcelain

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • Other symbolic and sacred creatures are often pictured, among them the kylin, which was believed to foretell good fortune.