American white pelican


Definition of American white pelican

: 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

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First Known Use of American white pelican

1860, in the meaning defined above

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“American white pelican.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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