Definition of Guinea

1. Noun. A former British gold coin worth 21 shillings.

Generic synonyms: Coin

2. Noun. (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Italian descent.

3. Noun. A republic in western Africa on the Atlantic; formerly a French colony; achieved independence from France in 1958.
Exact synonyms: French Guinea, Republic Of Guinea
Generic synonyms: African Country, African Nation
Terms within: Capital Of Guinea, Conakry, Konakri, Niger, Niger River
Group relationships: Africa
Member holonyms: Guinean
Derivative terms: Guinean

4. Noun. A west African bird having dark plumage mottled with white; native to Africa but raised for food in many parts of the world.
Exact synonyms: Guinea Fowl, Numida Meleagris
Generic synonyms: Domestic Fowl, Fowl, Poultry
Group relationships: Genus Numida, Numida
Specialized synonyms: Guinea Hen
Terms within: Guinea Hen

Definition of Guinea

1. n. A district on the west coast of Africa (formerly noted for its export of gold and slaves) after which the Guinea fowl, Guinea grass, Guinea peach, etc., are named.

Definition of Guinea

1. Proper noun. Country in Western Africa. Official name: Republic of Guinea. ¹

2. Proper noun. (US slang derogatory) Someone of Italian descent in the United States. ¹

3. Noun. (US slang pejorative) A person of Italian descent. ¹

4. Noun. (British) A gold coin originally worth twenty shillings and minted for use in England's trade with Africa; later (from 1717 until the adoption of decimal currency) standardised at a value of twenty-one shillings. ¹

5. Noun. A ground-foraging bird of Africa, of the family ''Numididea''. Domesticated strains include Pearl, White, Buff, Blue, Purple and Lavender. Also called guinea fowl. ¹

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Definition of Guinea

1. a former British coin [n -S]

Medical Definition of Guinea

1. 1. A district on the west coast of Africa (formerly noted for its export of gold and slaves) after which the Guinea fowl, Guinea grass, Guinea peach, etc, are named. 2. A gold coin of England current for twenty-one shillings sterling, or about five dollars, but not coined since the issue of sovereigns in 1817. "The guinea, so called from the Guinea gold out of which it was first struck, was proclaimed in 1663, and to go for twenty shillings; but it never went for less than twenty-one shillings." (Pinkerton) Guinea corn. A long and slender African nematoid worm (Filaria Medinensis) of a white colour. It lives in the cellular tissue of man, beneath the skin, and produces painful sores. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Guinea

guilty as sin
guilty conscience
guilty pleasure
guilty pleasures
guinea (current term)
guinea-hen flower
guinea corn yaws
guinea flower
guinea fowl
guinea fowls
guinea gold
guinea gold vine
guinea green B
guinea hen
guinea hen weed

Literary usage of Guinea

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"A trace of the guinea's white face is discernible in the hybrid in the immediate region of ... The tail is erect and never droops like that of the guinea. ..."

2. The Journal of Infectious Diseases by Infectious Diseases Society of America, John Rockefeller McCormick Memorial Fund, John McCormick Institute for Infectious Diseases (1915)
"Died Died Died night after night after night after The results with the guinea-pigs injected with non-sensitized bacil follows: guinea-pig 1, 272 gm. ..."

3. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1892)
"BRITISH NEW guinea AS A COLONY. Ox the 4th of September 1888 the Queen's standard was displayed at Port Moresby with the customary pomp and ceremonial, ..."

4. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"guinea, a gold coin at one time current in the United Kingdom. It was first coined in 1663, in the reign of Charles II., from gold imported from the guinea ..."

5. Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century: Comprizing Biographical by John Nichols, Samuel Bentley (1812)
"were as follows : * A guinea then passed in circulation for 1?. Is Cd. f " Given to Mr. Baskett, after his loss by fire, by W. Bow┬╗ r the son, ..."

6. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1880)
"NOTES OX NEW guinea AND ITS INHABITANTS. various tribes differ so much that the people of distant districts have the greatest difficulty in understanding ..."

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