[ shahn, shan ]
/ ʃɑn, ʃæn /

noun, plural Shans, (especially collectively) Shan.

a group of Mongoloid tribes in the hills of Burma.
a language spoken in the Shan States and belonging to the Tai group of languages.



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/ (ʃɑːn) /


plural Shans or Shan a member of a Mongoloid people living in Myanmar, Thailand, and SW China
the language or group of dialects spoken by the Shan, belonging to the Sino-Tibetan family and closely related to Thai
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