Definition of guan in English:

guan

noun

  • A large pheasant-like tree-dwelling bird of tropical American rainforests.

    • ‘Those who prefer altitude can climb the lodge's seven-story, 115-foot canopy tower and stop at each level to observe tanagers, jacamars, guans, and oropendulas in action.’
    • ‘Furthermore, fruits in the forest canopy support a disproportionately high amount of bird biomass, because in general frugivores tend to be very large (e.g. guans, toucans, parrots, pigeons).’
    • ‘The mountain guan is an obligate primary-forest bird that has been extirpated from the forest within the last 10 to 20 years.’
    • ‘One of the habituated birds I remember best was a piping guan - a chicken-sized bird normally found only in the highest treetops - that chose to nest only two yards from a building under construction.’

Origin

Late 17th century: via American Spanish from Miskito kwamu.

Pronunciation:

guan

/ɡwɑːn/