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guano

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n guano the excrement of sea birds; used as fertilizer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Guano A substance found in great abundance on some coasts or islands frequented by sea fowls, and composed chiefly of their excrement. It is rich in phosphates and ammonia, and is used as a powerful fertilizer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n guano A fertilizing excrement found on many small islands in the Southern Ocean and on the western coast of Africa, but chiefly on islands lying near the Peruvian coast. The Peruvian guano of commerce formerly came from the Chincha islands; but in recent years the chief sources of supply are Pabellon de Pica, Punta de Lobos, Huanillos, and other places on or near the Peruvian coast. Those islands are the resort of large flocks of sea-birds, and are chiefly composed of their excrement in a decomposed state. Guano sometimes forms beds from 50 to 60 feet in thickness. It is an excellent manure, and since 1841 has been extensively used for that purpose. It contains much ammonium oxalate and urate, with phosphates.
    • n guano A fertilizer made from fishes. See fish-manure.
    • guano To manure with guano.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Guano gwä′nō the long-accumulated excrement of certain sea-fowl, found on certain coasts and islands, esp. about South America, much used for manure
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. guano, fr. Peruv. huanu, dung
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. guano, or huano, from Peruv. huanu, dung.

Usage

In literature:

Some of the islands are turned to profitable account by the export of guano.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Her faithful Guanos would be with her.
"Gaspar the Gaucho" by Mayne Reid
Why, he'll grind it, and then he'll mix it with guano.
"The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols)" by Thomas De Quincey
In the subjoined tables the composition of a great variety of different kinds of guano is given.
"Elements of Agricultural Chemistry" by Thomas Anderson
Pots 11 and 12 contained each 270 grammes of peat, 10 grammes of ashes, and 3 grammes of Peruvian guano.
"Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel" by Samuel William Johnson
Captain Winstanley was talking agriculture with the Duke, whose mind was sorely exercised about guano.
"Vixen, Volume II." by M. E. Braddon
This bird is the greatest producer of guano.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
She's saving every cent to put guano on the land.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
We gave it the name of Guano Hall.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 360, October 1845" by Various
Guano came just in time and the later commercial fertilizers have postponed the evil day.
"The Negro Farmer" by Carl Kelsey
The dirt, too, the heavy deposit of guano upon the floor, made it almost revolting.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
They breed on the guano islands in the North Pacific off the coasts of Alaska and Japan.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Mamie's typewriting at the Phoenix Guano Exchange, down town.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Where and in what manner is the best guano deposited?
"The Elements of Agriculture" by George E. Waring
The German and Irish millions, like the negro, have a great deal of guano in their destiny.
"The Voice of Science in Nineteenth-Century Literature" by Various
The next morning, despite the odour of the guano, was a better one than those in South Basin.
"The Bonadventure" by Edmund Blunden
The collection of guano from the islands near Walfish Bay is under government control.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
The floor was of earth, and the roof thatched with long leaves of the guano.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. I." by John L. Stephens
Beware of giving rank manure to them, a sure precursor of disease; artificial manures, such as guano are far more suitable.
"Small Gardens" by Violet Purton Biddle
He said he asked every one about Guano and they said he worked better than Belmonte.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
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In news:

William Buckland with buckets of guano.
Harvesting guano to help Peruvian penguins: Saint Louis Zoo digs in.
Guano Apes On Berlin, Germany.
This week Guano Apes gives the scoop on Berlin, Germany.
Peru Guards Its Guano as Demand Soars Again.
Guano Apes "Lord Of The Boards".
The first surround SACDs, including James Taylor, Vivino Brothers, Bob Mintzer Big Band, Guano Apes, Mozart, Shostakovich, Schnittke, "Sacred Feast," "Far More Drums".
Peacocks left their mark on Coconut Grove long before the lovely, loud, guano-dropping kind roused a love-hate relationship with residents.
Bat guano, elephant dung, rhino pee, and other substances I encountered in my brief, smelly stint as a zookeeper.
If the City Council approves the measure, Guano Acres would be known as Ingi Johnson Park.
Bird poop on your car is less good than guano mining.
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