American white pelican

noun

: the white, orange-billed pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) of North and Central America : white pelican
We stopped to marvel as American white pelicans floated in the air with their nine-foot wingspans.Jeff Schlegel, New York Times, 4 Sept. 2009

Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of American white pelican was in 1860

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“American white pelican.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/American%20white%20pelican. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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