Definition of albino in English:


Line breaks: al¦bino
Pronunciation: /alˈbiːnəʊ

noun (plural albinos)

  • 1A person or animal having a congenital absence of pigment in the skin and hair (which are white) and the eyes (which are usually pink): these individuals have normal-coloured eyes and are thus easily distinguished from albinos
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    • He walks up next to him holding hands with her, a girl of her height who is a total albino, with white skin and hair, and pink eyes.
    • For those who want to go on and argue this I will refer you to lack of skin pigmentation in albinos.
    • It was a mutation; White was almost completely an albino, the skin on his body almost devoid of pigment.
  • 1.1 informal An abnormally white animal or plant: [as modifier]: an albino tiger
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    • Several chromosomal abnormalities were observed in the tetraploid albino plants.
    • The alb1 mutation is recessive and homozygous albino plants are white and die at the seedling stage.
    • Occasionally, the regeneration of albino plants was observed, however, at very low ratios: 0 to 0.1 per embryogenic callus.



Pronunciation: /ˈalbɪnɪz(ə)m/
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  • Though writer Kelly Milner Halls does a more than competent job of explaining how normal albinism is, page after page of red-eyed mice and bunnies is still totally icky.
  • Claire has albinism, a genetic condition which affects the body's production of melanin, the chemical that gives colour to hair, skin and eyes.
  • Many are still unsettling - albinism often causes problems with the eyes and many of the portraits show this distinctly - but the revulsion/attraction finally stills to a quiet ‘okay’.


early 18th century: from Portuguese (originally denoting albinos among African black people) and Spanish, from albo (from Latin albus 'white') + the suffix -ino (see -ine1).

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