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Any of several large game birds of the family Cracidae, native to tropical forests of Central and South America and resembling the curassows.
[American Spanish, from Kuna (Chibchan language of Panama and northern Colombia) kwama or Miskito kwamu or a kindred indigenous source.]
(Animals) any gallinaceous bird of the genera Penelope, Pipile, etc, of Central and South America: family Cracidae (curassows)
[C18: from American Spanish]
any of various long-tailed gallinaceous birds of the family Cracidae, inhabiting New World tropical forests.
[1735–45; < one or more American Indian languages of the Caribbean coast]
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|Noun||1.||guan - 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|
piping guan - a kind of guan