albino

noun
al·​bi·​no | \ al-ˈbī-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce albino (audio) \
plural albinos

Definition of albino

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an organism exhibiting deficient pigmentation especially : a human being who is congenitally deficient in pigment and usually has a milky or translucent skin, white or colorless hair, and eyes with pink or blue iris and deep-red pupil

albino

adjective

Definition of albino (Entry 2 of 2)

: exhibiting the deficient pigmentation characteristic of albinos albino sharks The Draize test commonly uses six rabbits (preferably of the albino strain because of the clarity of their red eyes) to test a substance for eye irritancy.— Rachel Urquhart

Examples of albino in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some of Ukerewe's albinos were rescued from communities for their own protection. Thomas Page, CNN, 13 June 2017 True albinos are unable to produce any kind of pigment, hence their white coloration and pink eyes: Blood vessels normally masked by eye color show through. National Geographic, 28 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of albino

Noun

1708, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for albino

Noun

borrowed from Spanish & Portuguese; Portuguese albino, borrowed from Spanish, noun derivative of albino, adjective, "lacking in pigment," from albo "white" (borrowed from Latin albus) + -ino -ine entry 1 — more at album

Adjective

borrowed from Spanish, "lacking in pigment" — more at albino entry 1

Note: Alternatively the adjective could be from attributive use of the noun.

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albino

noun

English Language Learners Definition of albino

: a person or animal born with a medical condition that results in very pale skin, white hair, and pink eyes

albino

noun
al·​bi·​no | \ al-ˈbī-nō How to pronounce albino (audio) \
plural albinos

Kids Definition of albino

1 : a person or an animal that has little or no coloring matter in skin, hair, and eyes
2 : a plant with little or no coloring matter

albino

noun
al·​bi·​no | \ al-ˈbī-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce albino (audio) \
plural albinos

Medical Definition of albino

: an organism exhibiting deficient pigmentation especially : a human being who is congenitally deficient in pigment and usually has a milky or translucent skin, white or colorless hair, and eyes with pink or blue iris and deep-red pupil

Other Words from albino

albinic \ -​ˈbin-​ik How to pronounce albino (audio) \ adjective

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