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[al-bahy-noh or, esp. British, -bee-] /ælˈbaɪ noʊ or, esp. British, -ˈbi-/
noun, plural albinos.
a person with pale skin, light hair, pinkish eyes, and visual abnormalities resulting from a hereditary inability to produce the pigment melanin.
an animal or plant with a marked deficiency in pigmentation.
Philately. an embossed stamp accidentally left without ink.
Origin of albino
1770-80; < Portuguese, equivalent to alb(o) white (< Latin albus) + -ino -ine1
Related forms
[al-bin-ik] /ælˈbɪn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
[al-buh-nl] /ˈæl bə nl/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • Iday had the round card on which were written the forty-eight questions, while albino held the book of answers.

    The Social Cancer Jos Rizal
  • He had never seen an albino before, and, indeed, he did not know what one was.

    They Twinkled Like Jewels Philip Jos Farmer
  • Charles Hucks, the fisherman, asserted that three albino deer were killed on Caper's Island the previous winter.

    Voyage of the Paper Canoe Nathaniel H. Bishop
  • The albino had just now crept through the country of the Mambava.

    Sacrifice Stephen French Whitman
  • They were both speckled trout, lived side by side, ate the same food, but differed as greatly as a red-headed boy and an albino.

    Days in the Open Lathan A. Crandall
British Dictionary definitions for albino


noun (pl) -nos
a person with congenital absence of pigmentation in the skin, eyes, and hair
any animal or plant that is deficient in pigment
Derived Forms
albinic (ælˈbɪnɪk), albinistic, adjective
albinism (ˈælbɪˌnɪzəm) noun
albinotic (ˌælbɪˈnɒtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C18: via Portuguese from Spanish, from albo white, from Latin albus
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Word Origin and History for albino

1777, from Spanish or Portuguese albino, from Latin albus "white" (see alb). Used by Portuguese of white-spotted African negroes. Extended 1859 to animals having the same peculiarity. A female albino formerly was an albiness (1808).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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albino in Medicine

albino al·bi·no (āl-bī'nō)
n. pl. al·bi·nos
A person or an animal lacking normal pigmentation, resulting in abnormally pale or white skin and hair and pink or blue eyes with a deep-red pupil.

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albino in Science
An organism lacking normal pigmentation or coloration. Animals that are albinos lack pigmentation due to a congenital absence of melanin. In humans and other mammals, albinos have white hair, pale skin, and usually pinkish eyes. Plants that are albinos lack normal amounts of chlorophyll or other pigments.

albinism noun (āl'bə-nĭz'əm)
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