brown pelican

noun

Definition of brown pelican

: a pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) of American coasts that has a brownish body and a chiefly white or white with yellow head

Examples of brown pelican in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The act is credited with the recovery of several iconic species, including the brown pelican, American alligator, Louisiana black bear and bald eagle. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, 23 Jan. 2021 After more than a decade, a brown pelican transported from Louisiana to Georgia following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has made its way back to the Bayou State. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 9 Apr. 2021 As recently as 2010, the island hosted 550 breeding pairs of the brown pelican, Louisiana's state bird. Halle Parker | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 15 Jan. 2021 The lone brown pelican colony in Southwest Louisiana sits on an island that, like the vast majority of the state's coastline, has fallen prey to erosion. Halle Parker | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 15 Jan. 2021 Work has begun to save one of the state's top brown pelican rookeries and seabird habitats from slipping into the Gulf of Mexico. Halle Parker | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 22 Dec. 2020 But today my sole companion was a brown pelican who floated alongside, examining me with a bemused look. New York Times, 18 Dec. 2020 The state helped bring back the brown pelican and the American alligator from the brink of extinction. Sara Sneath | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 6 Sep. 2020 By contrast, a few Gulf inhabitants have shown a robust recovery—among them, menhaden fish and the brown pelican, Louisiana’s state bird. National Geographic, 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of brown pelican

1780, in the meaning defined above

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“Brown pelican.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brown%20pelican. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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