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[gwahn] /gwɑn/
a large game bird of the curassow family, common in dense woodlands of Central and South America, somewhat resembling a turkey.
Origin of guan
Borrowed into English from American Spanish around 1735-45 Unabridged
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  • guan Yin is generally worshipped throughout China as the Feminine goddess.

  • guan Yu was faithful, honest, upright and brave beyond all measure.

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

  • 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.

  • 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


any gallinaceous bird of the genera Penelope, Pipile, etc, of Central and South America: family Cracidae (curassows)
Word Origin
C18: from American Spanish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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