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(in Malay-speaking countries) sir; lord: a form of address used as a mark of respect
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/ˈtuːən; ˈtjuː-/
a flying phalanger, Phascogale tapoatafa, of Australia. It is about the size of a rat, bluish grey in colour, brush-tailed, arboreal, and nocturnal Also called wambenger, brush-tailed phascogale, phascogale
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C19: from a native Australian language
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  • But what else could they see than calamity for all Wajo men, whatever tuan Jorgenson had made up his mind to do?

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • It was dark, and the tuan Korwal thought I had returned to the ship.

  • Then I shall return here to speak serious words, if tuan permits.

    Almayer's Folly Joseph Conrad
  • But you are brave, you are strong—you are a man; and, tuan—I am older than you—you are in her hand.

  • tuan Babalatchi said a recompense there will be, and from you.

    Almayer's Folly Joseph Conrad
  • Tell me, tuan, do you think the big trees know the name of the ruler?

  • The natives used to flock into the house every evening to see the tuan Padre besar (the great priest), and all the new-comers.

    Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak Harriette McDougall
  • He had the gun you had given him, tuan, before you went away, but there was only a handful of powder.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • A thin cracked voice was heard immediately answering, "tuan!"

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • I have promised to tuan Lingard twenty men and a prau to make war in Wajo.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad

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