noun pel·i·can \ˈpe-li-kən\

: a large ocean bird that has a large bag that is part of its lower bill for catching and holding fish

Full Definition of PELICAN

:  any of a genus (Pelecanus) of large web-footed fish-eating birds with a very large bill and distensible gular pouch

Origin of PELICAN

Middle English, from Old English pellican, from Late Latin pelecanus, from Greek pelekan
First Known Use: before 12th century


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