[ gwuh-nahy; Spanish gwah-nahy ]
/ gwəˈnaɪ; Spanish gwɑˈnaɪ /
noun, plural gua·nay·es [gwuh-nahy-eys; Spanish gwah-nah-yes] /gwəˈnaɪ eɪs; Spanish gwɑˈnɑ yɛs/, gua·nays.
a cormorant, Phalacrocorax bougainvillii, of islands off the coasts of Peru and Chile, a chief source of guano.
Origin of guanay
1855–60; < American Spanish guanae, apparently as back formation from colonial Spanish huanaes, as plural of huano guano, taken as the name of the bird that produced it
Also called guanay cormorant.
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