fla·​min·​go | \ flə-ˈmiŋ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce flamingo (audio) \
plural flamingos also flamingoes

Definition of flamingo

: any of several large aquatic birds (family Phoenicopteridae) with long legs and neck, webbed feet, a broad lamellate bill resembling that of a duck but abruptly bent downward, and usually rosy-white plumage with scarlet wing coverts and black wing quills

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Examples of flamingo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Given that its logo is a flamingo, The Webster decided to stay true to itself and think pink for the holiday season. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "With NYC’s Holiday Window Displays, it’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas," 12 Dec. 2020 The polished and at times comedic gameplay offers creative situations like disguising yourself in a flamingo suit at a racetrack or finishing off a target by slapping them with a dead fish. Washington Post, "The most anticipated games of 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 All three flamingo species are considered either vulnerable or near threatened, and since 1996, their habitat has been protected as a globally important wetland area under the Ramsar Convention. Ian Morse, Quartz, "Chile’s new constitution could rewrite the story of lithium mining," 22 Dec. 2020 This pooping flamingo, which also talks and sings, is a hot item. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "PS5, Baby Yoda, PJ Mask HQ and 10 other Christmas toys you (probably) can’t find," 9 Dec. 2020 This lively plush flamingo chats, sings, wiggles, eats, and fairly often, goes to the bathroom. Anthony Marcusa, chicagotribune.com, "Need help to keep your kids entertained? Consider gifting these popular toys," 25 Nov. 2020 Everyone who works at The Hotel is a gracious animal, from manager Mr. Rumpley (lion) to maintenance guy Raffi (giraffe) to restaurant host Ally (pink flamingo) to Elevator Bird, a little lavender fellow who takes guests up and down to their rooms. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "40 new books for holiday gifts in 2020," 18 Nov. 2020 Instead the only noise in this long, flamingo-pink chamber is the whirring of the axial fans dangling from the ceiling. Kate Peters, Popular Mechanics, "The Future of Farming Is Inside This Bomb Shelter," 12 Nov. 2020 When the flamingo starts flapping his wings, children start to flap their arms, and so do grown-ups. National Geographic, "'A danger you can't see'," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of flamingo

1565, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flamingo

obsolete Spanish flamengo (now flamenco), literally, Fleming, German (conventionally thought of as ruddy-complexioned)

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The first known use of flamingo was in 1565

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19 Jan 2021

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“Flamingo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flamingo. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flamingo

: a large tropical bird that has pink or red wings and a very long neck and legs


fla·​min·​go | \ flə-ˈmiŋ-go How to pronounce flamingo (audio) \
plural flamingos or flamingoes

Kids Definition of flamingo

: a large pale pink to reddish waterbird with very long neck and legs and a broad bill bent downward at the end

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