guanay cormorant

guanay

[gwuh-nahy; Spanish gwah-nahy]
noun, plural guanayes [gwuh-nahy-eys; Spanish gwah-nah-yes] , guanays.
a cormorant, Phalacrocorax bougainvillii, of islands off the coasts of Peru and Chile, a chief source of guano.
Also called guanay cormorant.


Origin:
1855–60; < American Spanish guanae, apparently as back formation from colonial Spanish huanaes, as plural of huano guano, taken as the name of the bird that produced it

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