Definitions for guangwɑn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. any of various long-tailed gallinaceous birds of the family Cracidae, inhabiting New World tropical forests.

    Category: Ornithology

Origin of guan:

1735–45; < one or more American Indian languages of the Caribbean coast

Princeton's WordNet

  1. guan(noun)

    any of several large turkey-like game birds of the family Cracidae; native to jungles of tropical America; resembling the curassows and valued as food


  1. guan(Noun)

    Any of several species of birds in the genera Aburria, Chamaepetes, Oreophasis, Penelope, Penelopina and Pipile of the family Cracidae, limited to the Americas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Guan(noun)

    any one of many species of large gallinaceous birds of Central and South America, belonging to Penelope, Pipile, Ortalis, and allied genera. Several of the species are often domesticated


  1. Guan

    The guan is a Chinese double reed wind instrument. The northern Chinese version is called guanzi or bili and the Cantonese version is called houguan. It is classified as a bamboo instrument in the Ba Yin system. Unlike instruments in the shawm family, such as the Western oboe or Chinese suona, the guan has a cylindrical bore, giving it a clarinet-like tone.


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