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kalian

[ kahl-yahn ]

noun

  1. a Persian tobacco pipe in which the smoke is drawn through water; hookah.


kalian

/ kælˈjɑːn /

noun

  1. another name for hookah


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Word History and Origins

Origin of kalian1

First recorded in 1825–35, kalian is from the Persian word qalyān
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Word History and Origins

Origin of kalian1

C19: from Persian, from Arabic qalyān
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Example Sentences

Sometimes the conversation was kept up for several hours, until tea and the kalian had been passed around.

Another pipe-bearer lighted the kalian at intervals and handed it into the carriage to his master.

A servant brought the Khan a handsome kalian to smoke three times.

There is also a large quantity of tobacco grown in Persia, which is used for the “kalian” (or water-pipe) and cigarette smoking.

He then began to make apologies for not having a kalian (a pipe) to offer me, 'for,' said he, 'I am not a smoker of tobacco.

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