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  1. a large game bird of the curassow family, common in dense woodlands of Central and South America, somewhat resembling a turkey.
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Origin of guan

Borrowed into English from American Spanish around 1735–45
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Examples from the Web for guan

Historical Examples

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

    The Chinese Fairy Book


  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for guan


  1. any gallinaceous bird of the genera Penelope, Pipile, etc, of Central and South America: family Cracidae (curassows)
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Word Origin

C18: from American Spanish
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