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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Albino  \Al*bi"no\  (?;  277),  n.;  pl  {Albinos}.  [Sp.  or  Pg 
  albino,  orig.  whitish,  fr  albo  white,  L.  albus.] 
  A  person,  whether  negro,  Indian,  or  white,  in  whom  by  some 
  defect  of  organization  the  substance  which  gives  color  to  the 
  skin,  hair,  and  eyes  is  deficient  or  in  a  morbid  state.  An 
  albino  has  a  skin  of  a  milky  hue,  with  hair  of  the  same 
  color,  and  eyes  with  deep  red  pupil  and  pink  or  blue  iris. 
  The  term  is  also  used  of  the  lower  animals,  as  white  mice, 
  elephants,  etc.;  and  of  plants  in  a  whitish  condition  from 
  the  absence  of  chlorophyll.  --Amer.  Cyc. 
 
  Note:  The  term  was  originally  applied  by  the  Portuguese  to 
  negroes  met  with  on  the  coast  of  Africa,  who  were 
  mottled  with  white  spots. 




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