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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.
Contemporary Examples

The albino crisis is a bleak spot in a time of economic optimism in Tanzania.
A Gruesome Black Market Eliza Barclay October 27, 2009

As for Magician—the strong-willed love interest of Komona, his role was never scripted to be an albino.
‘War Witch’ Filmmaker Kim Nguyen on Africa’s Child Soldiers Jean Trinh February 28, 2013

Nine burros, 109 beagles, 10 sheep, and 31 albino rats were put in cages and set to face the dirty bomb.
America’s Secret Nuclear Test Revealed in Area 51 Annie Jacobsen May 12, 2011

Politicians who want to win elections wear large rings with albino powder hidden inside, she said.
Women of Courage Roja Heydarpour October 19, 2010

“I feel like I am being hunted,” one albino man, Samuel Mluge, told the New York Times.
A Gruesome Black Market Eliza Barclay October 27, 2009

Historical Examples

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

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

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).

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.
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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