brown pelican

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web What is likely the same brown pelican around since July resurfaced again, this time at the end of the Pamet Harbor jetty in Truro. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Oct. 2022 Nearly 60 years ago, the California brown pelican was on the brink of extinction. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 Cape Cod: a brown pelican on the Pamet jetty in Truro, a western wood-pewee banded at South Monomoy, a black-throated gray warbler at Sandy Neck in Barnstable, and a summer tanager at Fort Hill in Eastham. Maria Elena Little Endara, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Oct. 2022 State officials expect to have more answers in the next few days about what is happening to the brown pelican. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 Other notable sightings featured a brown pelican noted at both First Encounter Beach in Eastham and Jeremy Point in Wellfleet, a royal tern at Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, and a continuing clay-colored sparrow at the Crane Wildlife Area in Falmouth. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Aug. 2022 The island supports the only brown pelican colony in southwest Louisiana, and about 1,500 pairs of pelicans were among the nesting birds. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 8 Oct. 2021 In 2010 and 2012, Southern California veterinarians saw a similar crash among the brown pelican population that stretched over several weeks. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 The island supports the only brown pelican colony in southwest Louisiana, and about 1,500 pairs of pelicans were among the nesting birds. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 8 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1780, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brown pelican was in 1780

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“Brown pelican.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brown%20pelican. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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