plural noun

: an order of swimming birds having all four toes united by a broad web and including the pelicans, gannets, cormorants, tropic birds, snakebirds, and frigate birds

Word History


New Latin, from Pelecanus + -iformes

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“Pelecaniformes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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