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  • n. guanine

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A crystalline substance (C5H5N5O) contained in guano. It is also a constituent of the liver, pancreas, and other glands in mammals.


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  • Growing still more bold, they swam to the ships, bringing off mantles and tunics of cotton, and ornaments of the inferior sort of gold called guanin, which they wore about their necks.

    The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus

  • Likewise they had a custom of wearing earrings of great weight, some of copper, some of that mixed gold we called guanin.


  • The third gift was a considerable piece of that mixed and imperfect gold which afterwards we called guanin.


  • A boat approaching the shore cautiously one day, in quest of some safe place to procure water, an ancient Indian, of venerable demeanor, issued from among the trees, bearing a white banner on the end of a staff, and leading two girls, one about fourteen years of age, the other about eight, having jewels of guanin about their necks.

    The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus

  • Here, for the first time on this coast, the Spaniards met with specimens of pure gold; the natives wearing large plates of it suspended round their necks by cotton cords; they had ornaments likewise of guanin, rudely shaped like eagles.

    The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus

  • There was no pure gold to be met with here, all their ornaments were of guanin; but the natives assured the Adelantado, that, in proceeding along the coast, the ships would soon arrive at a country where gold was in great abundance.

    The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus

  • Swimming off, they brought mantles of cotton and ornaments of guanin.

    Notable Voyagers From Columbus to Nordenskiold

  • Many wore collars and burnished plates of that inferior kind of gold, called by the Indians _guanin_, and they pointed to a land in the west, from whence they said it came; but the cupidity of the

    Notable Voyagers From Columbus to Nordenskiold

  • (chromatophores) in the under-skin (or dermis) and partly on close-packed refractive granules and crystals of a waste-product called guanin.

    The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4) A Plain Story Simply Told


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