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noun \ˈgwän\

Definition of guan

  1. :  any of various large gregarious neotropical birds (family Cracidae) that are chiefly arboreal forest-dwellers and that somewhat resemble turkeys

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Origin and Etymology of guan

alteration of earlier quam, probably from Kuna (Chibchan language of Panama) kwama

First Known Use: 1743

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