Definition of albino in English:


nounPlural albinos

  • 1A person or animal having a congenital absence of pigment in the skin and hair (which are white) and the eyes (which are usually pink)

    ‘these individuals have normal-coloured eyes and are thus easily distinguished from albinos’
    • ‘Like most Shyonites, she had very pale, almost albino skin and medium-length white hair that fell down to her chin in a straight line; a braid made sure it stayed that way.’
    • ‘Researchers at Jefferson Medical College have used a gene repair technique to genetically change white albino mice hairs to black by correcting a point mutation in the tyrosinase gene.’
    • ‘For those who want to go on and argue this I will refer you to lack of skin pigmentation in albinos.’
    • ‘For a fleeting second she saw Natai again, standing out with his striking dark hair against the multitude of albinos but then he was gone.’
    • ‘Without melanin in albinos ' eyes, the blood vessels are visible, so the eyes are pink.’
    • ‘The man that she knew as James stood with a golden-haired man who had to be General Ben Karàlüpiàth, a man that she recognised as Dorian Damano and a fourth man with pale hair and skin, almost as white as an albino.’
    • ‘The Farrelly Brothers are masters of the gross out comedy, but this effort is simply obnoxious and unfunny as it takes cheap shots at race, midgets, albinos and mental illness, along with the usual lavatory humour.’
    • ‘I saw a child who was albino, the hair like floss, the eyes with points of pink in them that reached up and grabbed my soul.’
    • ‘It was a mutation; White was almost completely an albino, the skin on his body almost devoid of pigment.’
    • ‘Like albinos and partial albinos, the occurrence of pale birds is the result of genetic abnormalities in both male and female.’
    • ‘Sandy had never seen Nika's eyes, and wondered sometimes if they were pink, and her friend an albino.’
    • ‘He was pretty buff; his skin was slightly pale but not that of a usual albino.’
    • ‘It is indeed an albino, pure white feathers, beak of brownish yellow - and in every other regard a crow.’
    • ‘The man's eyes where red and his hair was long and white like an albino.’
    • ‘Huang is an albino who suffers from debilitated eyesight.’
    • ‘It was the albino's hair that lead Harry Ricketts to [transtasman] rivalry, real estate and beer-drinking.’
    • ‘Since a lack of pigment leaves albinos defenseless against both ultraviolet rays and light; [,] they are subject to severe photophobia and heliophobia (fear of light and the sun) from birth on.’
    • ‘According to Foley, the animal is not a true albino but is merely a lighter color than the average giraffe.’
    • ‘A muzzle poked out, but I was disappointed to see that it was the pink nose of an albino colt.’
    • ‘He walks up next to him holding hands with her, a girl of her height who is a total albino, with white skin and hair, and pink eyes.’
    1. 1.1informal An abnormally white animal or plant.
      as modifier ‘an albino tiger’
      • ‘Hamster mutant Mh V203: microphthalmic eyes with an albino coat color.’
      • ‘The alb1 mutation is recessive and homozygous albino plants are white and die at the seedling stage.’
      • ‘Some lethal albinos plantlets were produced in vitro; the results obtained from 22 viable hybrid plants are presented.’
      • ‘It was obvious by her cool gray eyes, almost an albino white, that she was this woman's daughter, since they were a mirror of the woman's.’
      • ‘Several chromosomal abnormalities were observed in the tetraploid albino plants.’
      • ‘Can't you just imagine the wily Texan wrestling with an endangered white rhino and somehow relating his past Tour experiences to getting a friendly mauling from the giant albino beast?’
      • ‘However, not all albino mutants are caused by carotenoid deficiencies; defects in chlorophyll biosynthesis would also lead to an albino phenotype, though, not in combination with vivipary.’
      • ‘Occasionally, the regeneration of albino plants was observed, however, at very low ratios: 0 to 0.1 per embryogenic callus.’
      • ‘The leaves of YG plants are similar in shape to green leaves and are very unlike the elongated leaves of albino plants.’
      • ‘When the Lady had changed into a rose colored silken night gown with a albino fur overcoat, she slipped into her heavy blankets, and counted the days until she was to be entered into a marriage she did not wish to be a part [apart] of.’
      • ‘The fruit shop is OK, more or less, except for the albino hermaphrodite delivery person, and the awful trick all the other people who work there have of smiling so intensely their eyes get squashed shut.’
      • ‘When Winston Foster first hit the scene in the '80s, he seemed adamant on overshadowing his albino features with rude boasts about his sexual prowess.’
      • ‘Chicago artist Eduardo Kac became infamous last year for ‘Alba,’ an albino rabbit genetically engineered to glow green under blue light.’
      snowy, snowy-white, grey, silver, silvery, hoary, grizzled
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Early 18th century: from Portuguese (originally denoting albinos among African black people) and Spanish, from albo (from Latin albus ‘white’) + the suffix -ino (see -ine).