- a person with pale skin, light hair, pinkish eyes, and visual abnormalities resulting from a hereditary inability to produce the pigment melanin.
- an animal or plant with a marked deficiency in pigmentation.
- Philately. an embossed stamp accidentally left without ink.
Origin of albino
Related Words for albinoblond, pale, fair, straw, light, champagne, sallow, platinum, albino, strawberry, pearly, snowy, washed-out, fair-haired, towheaded, flaxen, stramineous
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Contemporary Examples of albino
As for Magician—the strong-willed love interest of Komona, his role was never scripted to be an albino.‘War Witch’ Filmmaker Kim Nguyen on Africa’s Child Soldiers
March 1, 2013
Nine burros, 109 beagles, 10 sheep, and 31 albino rats were put in cages and set to face the dirty bomb.America's Secret Nuclear Test Revealed in Area 51
May 13, 2011
Politicians who want to win elections wear large rings with albino powder hidden inside, she said.Women of Courage
October 20, 2010
The albino crisis is a bleak spot in a time of economic optimism in Tanzania.
“I feel like I am being hunted,” one albino man, Samuel Mluge, told the New York Times.
Historical Examples of albino
He had never seen an albino before, and, indeed, he did not know what one was.They Twinkled Like Jewels
Philip Jos Farmer
The albino had just now crept through the country of the Mambava.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
Albino: a colorless individual of a species that is normally colored.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
Well, what of it, even if Lucy were an albino and Perry had scratched her?
The albino argument was by no means final, could not be made definite.
- a person with congenital absence of pigmentation in the skin, eyes, and hair
- any animal or plant that is deficient in pigment
Word Origin for albino
Word Origin and History for albino
1777, from Spanish or Portuguese albino, from Latin albus "white" (see alb). Used by Portuguese of white-spotted African negroes. Extended 1859 to animals having the same peculiarity. A female albino formerly was an albiness (1808).
- A person or an animal lacking normal pigmentation, resulting in abnormally pale or white skin and hair and pink or blue eyes with a deep-red pupil.
- An organism lacking normal pigmentation or coloration. Animals that are albinos lack pigmentation due to a congenital absence of melanin. In humans and other mammals, albinos have white hair, pale skin, and usually pinkish eyes. Plants that are albinos lack normal amounts of chlorophyll or other pigments.