See also: Guan, gúan, guàn, guān, and guǎn


A black guan (Chamaepetes unicolor)
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From American Spanish,[1] from Kuna[2] kwama.[3]



guan (plural guans)

  1. Any (member) of several species of birds in the genera Aburria, Chamaepetes, Oreophasis, Penelope, Penelopina, and Pipile, of the family Cracidae, limited to the Americas.
    • 2000, Daniel M. Brooks, Stuart D. Strahl, Curassows, Guans and Chachalacas: With Spanish and Portuguese Translations, page 8,
      The 'true' (Penelope) guans also occur at a range of altitudes but like most species of cracids, are mostly restricted to forest, both montane and lowland. Piping-guans (Pipile) are primarily lowland species, whereas numerous monospecific (single-species genus) taxa of guans (i.e. Aburria, Penelopina, Oreophasis) are restricted to montane environments.
    • 2002, Kent H. Redford, Peter Feinsinger, 17: The half-empty forest: sustainable use and the ecology of interactions, John D. Reynolds (editor), Conservation of Exploited Species, page 381,
      Most guans move among only the most rewarding trees, those having the largest fruit crops and/or the greatest reward per fruit. Nevertheless, solitary individuals and some guan groups - as well as the first-mentioned guans, once they deplete the fruit crops in the most popular trees - are stuck with the less rewarding trees.
    • 2010, Carrol L. Henderson, Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide, page 40,
      The Crested Guan is a large, brown, turkeylike bird most frequently seen peering down from the treetops as it searches for fruit and leaves that make up its diet. As its name implies, this bird has a feathered crest that is frequently raised as it relates to nearby guans or to potential danger.

Derived termsEdit



  1. ^ guan” in Unabridged,, LLC, 1995–present.
  2. ^ 1999, Allan A. Metcalf, The World in So Many Words: A Country-By-Country Tour of Words, page 217
  3. ^ Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002. ({{{1}}})





  1. Nonstandard spelling of guān.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of guǎn.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of guàn.

Usage notesEdit

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.



guan (uncountable guans)

  1. guano