[gwah-noh] /ˈgwɑ noʊ/

a natural manure composed chiefly of the excrement of sea birds, found especially on islands near the Peruvian coast.
any similar substance, as an artificial fertilizer made from fish.
noun (pl) -nos

any similar but artificial substance used as a fertilizer

c.1600, from Spanish guano “dung,” especially of sea-birds on islands off Peru, from Quechua huanu “dung.”


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