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

First recorded in 1825–35, kalian is from the Persian word qalyān
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Related Words for kalian

plumbing, conduit, main, sluice, hookah, hubble-bubble, kalian

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Historical Examples of kalian

  • 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.

    The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

    James Morier

  • 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.

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

British Dictionary definitions for kalian


  1. another name for hookah
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Word Origin for kalian

C19: from Persian, from Arabic qalyān
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