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guan

[gwahn] /gwɑn/
noun
1.
a large game bird of the curassow family, common in dense woodlands of Central and South America, somewhat resembling a turkey.
Origin of guan
1735-1745
Borrowed into English from American Spanish around 1735-45
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Historical Examples
  • guan Yu was faithful, honest, upright and brave beyond all measure.

  • guan Yu had a knife shaped like a half-moon which was called the Green Dragon.

  • When guan Yu heard of it he hastened up with an army to relieve the town.

  • The war god guan Di also is appealed to as a savior in all sorts of emergencies.

  • guan Yin, who had released him, gave the Monk a golden circlet.

  • guan Yin is generally worshipped throughout China as the Feminine goddess.

  • And guan Yin gave the Monk a magic formula by means of which the ring could be tightened, should the ape grow disobedient.

British Dictionary definitions for guan

guan

/ɡwɑːn/
noun
1.
any gallinaceous bird of the genera Penelope, Pipile, etc, of Central and South America: family Cracidae (curassows)
Word Origin
C18: from American Spanish
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