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guan

Pronunciation: /ɡwän/

noun

A large, pheasantlike, tree-dwelling bird of tropical American rainforests.
  • Family Cracidae (the guan family): several genera, especially Penelope. The guan family also includes curassows and chachalacas
Example sentences
  • One of the habituated birds I remember best was a piping guan - a chicken-sized bird normally found only in the highest treetops - that chose to nest only two yards from a building under construction.
  • Those who prefer altitude can climb the lodge's seven-story, 115-foot canopy tower and stop at each level to observe tanagers, jacamars, guans, and oropendulas in action.
  • Furthermore, fruits in the forest canopy support a disproportionately high amount of bird biomass, because in general frugivores tend to be very large (e.g. guans, toucans, parrots, pigeons).

Origin

Late 17th century: via American Spanish from Miskito kwamu.

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Syllabification: guan

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