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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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 No opening date has been set yet for SeaWorld Orlando’s new raft ride — which is incorporating the thrills (a 40-foot drop) with a jungle-like landscape, a waterfall and flamingoes. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney fans, here's what to know about Toy Story Land," 26 June 2018 In late June, the media were invited on a tour to see the progress of Infinity Falls, a family-ride that has waterfalls, a scenic view of flamingos and a 40-foot plunge. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "SeaWorld Orlando offers promotion for first Infinity Falls access," 5 July 2018 Kool, the bassist, wore a patterned shirt in shades of flamingo. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "Kool & the Gang Put the Fun in at Café Wha?," 18 June 2018 Huge flocks of pink flamingos crowd the soda lakes and giant tusked elephants wander through the fever and fig tree forests. Julian Harrison, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Africa," 5 Oct. 2016 SeaWorld San Diego is doubling down on its animal exhibits by introducing this summer several new up-close encounters — from whales, seals and sea otters to flamingos, walruses and sea lions. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "SeaWorld debuts up-close encounters with otters, seals, flamingos — for a charge," 20 June 2018 Other creatures that shared space with the deceased superstar include flamingoes, tigers and, most famously, Bubbles the chimpanzee, who now lives at Florida’s Center of Great Apes and enjoys painting. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Michael Jackson's Former Neverland Ranch Elephant Escapes New Home at Florida Zoo," 18 June 2018 Swimline also carries their own gigantic flamingo, too. Lyndsey Matthews, Cosmopolitan, "OMG There’s a Gigantic Swan Pool Float Now, Too," 13 Mar. 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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