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hsien

[ shyuhn ]
/ ʃyʌn /
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noun, plural hsien.
(in popular Chinese religion) one of a group of benevolent spirits promoting good in the world.
(in China) a county or district.
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Also Pinyin, xian .

Origin of hsien

First recorded in 1965–70; from Chinese (Wade-Giles) hsien1, (Pinyin) xiān “hermit, wizard”
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