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/ (ˈkiːˈlɪn) /


(in Chinese art) a mythical animal of composite form

Nearby words

kyd, kyd, thomas, kye, kyle, kylie, kylin, kylix, kyloe, kymatism, kymatology, kymo-

Word Origin for kylin

C19: from Chinese ch'i-lin, literally: male-female
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Examples from the Web for kylin

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

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