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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Recent Examples on the Web Hawaiian shirts, inflatable flamingos, and tiki drinks meet Christmas at Sippin' Santa, a tiki Christmas pop up bar that is taking off this December in 16 states, Washington D.C. and Canada. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Love tiki cocktails and Christmas? Don't miss this pop up at one of Phoenix's best bars," 12 Dec. 2019 The elevated platform at the center of the stage where Sultana did the bulk of the work had the aesthetic of a quirky altar, with a neon rainbow, flamingo and cactus, and, naturally, incense burning throughout the set. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tash Sultana is like Ed Sheeran and Phish rolled into one at Milwaukee show, and so much more," 11 Sep. 2019 The vintage taxidermy pieces are startling: Visitors are met by an impala in the dining room, while a brace of flamingos and peacocks flutters feathers in the living room. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "These 6 European Apartments Are Basically Private Design Hotels," 23 Aug. 2019 The separation of penguins, pelicans and ibis from flamingos and grebes (and pigeons) implies that the waterbird trait evolved independently multiple times. Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, "The Bird Family Tree Gets a Makeover," 1 Apr. 2015 These flamingos can live up to 30 years and can get up to 5 feet tall. cincinnati.com, "We took glam shots of Cincinnati Zoo animals. And they are adorable.," 3 Dec. 2019 Who might have guessed, for instance, that pigeons and flamingos are close cousins? Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, "The Bird Family Tree Gets a Makeover," 1 Apr. 2015 Yet despite its diminutive moniker, the Princie is a big stone — 34.65 carats — that sparkles in the cheerful color of a flamingo and is valued at $40 million. Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, "Christie’s Auctioned a $40 Million Diamond. Was It Stolen?," 30 Oct. 2019 Pretty in pink and pretty in the pool, this floating beverage cooler in the shape of a flamingo allows the party to continue on water without having to get out of the pool to enjoy a drink. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "6 over-the-top pool floats you need this summer," 26 July 2019

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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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14 Feb 2020

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“Flamingo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flamingo. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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