[ gwuh-nahy; Spanish gwah-nahy ]

noun,plural gua·nay·es [gwuh-nahy-eys; Spanish gwah-nah-yes], /gwəˈnaɪ eɪs; Spanish gwɑˈnɑ yɛs/, gua·nays.
  1. a cormorant, Phalacrocorax bougainvillii, of islands off the coasts of Peru and Chile, a chief source of guano.

Origin of guanay

First recorded in 1855–60; from South 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.

Words Nearby guanay Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023