(Guan) n. ((Zoöl.) Any one of many species of large gallinaceous birds of Central and South America, belonging to Penelope, Pipile, Ortalis, and allied genera. Several of the species are often domesticated.

(Gua"na) n. (Zoöl.) See Iguana.

(Gua*na"co) n.; pl. Guanacos (- koz). [Sp. guanaco, Peruv. huanacu. Cf. Huanaco.] (Zoöl.) A South American mammal allied to the llama, but of larger size and more graceful form, inhabiting the southern Andes and Patagonia. It is supposed by some to be the llama in a wild state. [Written also huanaco.]

(Gua"ni*dine) n. (Physiol. Chem.) A strongly alkaline base, CN3H5, formed by the oxidation of guanin, and also obtained combined with methyl in the decomposition of creatin. Boiled with dilute sulphuric acid, it yields urea and ammonia.

(Gua*nif"er*ous) a. [Guano + -ferous.] Yielding guano. Ure.

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

(Gua"no) n.; pl. Guanos [Sp. guano, fr. Peruv. huanu dung.] 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.

(||Gua"ra) n. [Braz. guará.] (Zoöl.) (a) The scarlet ibis. See Ibis. (b) A large-maned wild dog of South America (Canis jubatus) - - named from its cry.

(||Gua"ra*na`) n. [Pg.] (Med.) A preparation from the seeds of Paullinia sorbilis, a woody climber of Brazil, used in making an astringent drink, and also in the cure of headache.

(Gua"ra*nine`) n. (Chem.) An alkaloid extracted from guarana. Same as Caffeine.

(Guar`an*tee") n.; pl. Guarantees [For guaranty, prob. influenced by words like assignee, lessee, etc. See Guaranty, and cf. Warrantee.]

1. In law and common usage: A promise to answer for the payment of some debt, or the performance of some duty, in case of the failure of another person, who is, in the first instance, liable to such payment or performance; an engagement which secures or insures another against a contingency; a warranty; a security. Same as Guaranty.

His interest seemed to be a guarantee for his zeal.

2. One who binds himself to see an undertaking of another performed; a guarantor. South.

Guarantor is the correct form in this sense.

3. (Law) The person to whom a guaranty is made; — the correlative of guarantor.

Syn.Guarantee, Warranty. A guarantee is an engagement that a certain act will be done or not done in future. A warranty is an engagement as to the qualities or title of a thing at the time of the engagement.

(Guar"an*tee`), v. t. [imp. & p. p. guaranteed ; p, pr. & vb. n. Guaranteeing.] [From Guarantee, n.] In law and common usage: to undertake or engage for the payment of (a debt) or the performance of (a duty) by another person; to undertake to secure (a possession, right, claim, etc.) to

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