guano

[ gwah-noh ]
/ ˈgwɑ noʊ /

noun

a natural manure composed chiefly of the excrement of sea birds, found especially on islands near the Peruvian coast.
any similar substance, as an artificial fertilizer made from fish.

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Origin of guano

1595–1605; <Spanish: fertilizer, dung; American Spanish huano dung <Quechua wanu dung for fuel, fertilizer
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British Dictionary definitions for guano

guano
/ (ˈɡwɑːnəʊ) /

noun plural -nos

  1. the dried excrement of fish-eating sea birds, deposited in rocky coastal regions of South America: contains the urates, oxalates, and phosphates of ammonium and calcium; used as a fertilizer
  2. the accumulated droppings of bats and seals
any similar but artificial substance used as a fertilizer

Word Origin for guano

C17: from Spanish, from Quechuan huano dung
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Scientific definitions for guano

guano
[ gwänō ]

A substance composed chiefly of the dung of sea birds or bats, accumulated along certain coastal areas or in caves and used as fertilizer.
Any of various similar substances, such as a fertilizer prepared from ground fish parts.
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