fla·​min·​go | \ flə-ˈmiŋ-(ˌ)gō \
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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But some birds in warmer climates, like flamingos, also adopt the pose. New York Times, "Just One Leg to Stand On," 1 June 2018 Think about it: a plastic flamingo donning a waddle and autumnal plumage could cause someone to mistake it for an actual turkey. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Can't Be In A Fowl Mood After Seeing These Thanksgiving Flamingos," 28 Sep. 2018 Standouts include a fantastic flamingo pink cropped fur Gucci chubbie, an acid green terry cloth polo, a gorgeous python skin jacket, and a scintillating leopard print wrap top and skirt set. Monica Kim, Vogue, "James Veloria Christens JV Retreat—A Red Hot Vintage Playroom—With a ’90s Tom Ford Sale," 15 Nov. 2018 They were told a pink flamingo — large enough to carry three YouTube attention seekers — had floated down the flood channel from Boyle Heights to just north of South Downey Road in Vernon. Angel Jennings, latimes.com, "Flamingo raft floating down L.A. River gets the car chase treatment," 19 Mar. 2018 In mid-December, the family received a box from Amazon Prime containing two 8-inch-tall plastic flamingos. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Unwanted flamingos, fake breasts delivered to Berea family; driver hides marijuana in Taco Bell bag: Berea police blotter," 18 Jan. 2018 Kind of shocked to be saying this, but how chic do these black flamingos actually look? RIGHT?! Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Prepare To Be Obsessed With This Kitschy-Cool Twist On Halloween Decor," 16 Oct. 2018 In keeping with tiki style, there are frozen pina coladas topped with umbrellas and flamingos, and exotic punch bowls for groups. Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "The New York City Restaurants to Know This Fall," 31 Aug. 2018 Designer Bertrand Guyon brought some of the late Elsa Schiaparelli’s favorite motifs back to life, including flamingos. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "What Paris Couture and Jonathan Franzen Have in Common," 6 July 2018

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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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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 \
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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