guan

noun
\ˈgwän \

Definition of guan 

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

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Ground-foraging birds like guans can still hear the frogs’ calls. Lakshmi Supriya, Science | AAAS, "These tiny frogs can’t hear their own mating songs," 26 Sep. 2017 Ziegler observes butterflies and damselflies and bees that never descend to the ground, and dozens of species of birds: barbets, paradise tanagers, scarlet macaws that arrive in pairs, and fat, piping guans, which look like elegant turkeys. National Geographic, "One Tiny Wasp Turns a Fig Tree Into a 150-Foot-High Eden," 29 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of guan

1743, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for guan

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

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