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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Every morning, staffers open the gates and let the flamingos hang out with people. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "7 up-close animal experiences at the Indianapolis Zoo," 5 July 2019 Smith writes that the researchers were unable to identify all 16 of the birds, as some had morphological traits anathema to both their previous classifications (for example, condors and flamingoes) and that of any living species native to Peru. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Scientists Identify Exotic Birds Depicted in Peru’s Mysterious Nazca Lines," 22 June 2019 And of course, there will be emoji for animals, food, and objects as well, including a yo-yo, felafel plate, skunk, flamingo, and yawning face. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Emoji are getting more inclusive on your iPhone and Android phone—even if you're a vampire," 17 July 2019 Other new emojis include animals (a sloth, flamingo, skunk and orangutan), foods (waffle, falafel, butter and garlic) and gender-neutral characters, along with more professions and clothing types. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Apple unveils disability-themed emojis in push for greater diversity," 17 July 2019 In two 30-second previews posted this week, quick glimpses of the new masks were unveiled, including a fox, skeleton, egg, flamingo, eagle and leopard. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "'The Masked Singer' Season 2 Teases An Egg, A Skeleton & More Top-Secret Contestants," 10 July 2019 FlockFest is back, and its fifth annual celebration is expected to bring more than 500 inflatable swans, flamingos, peacocks, rubber duckies and unicorns to the beach for a Fourth of July weekend filled with fun. Catie Wegman, sun-sentinel.com, "After the fireworks: cool down at these 5 South Florida events," 5 July 2019 Numerous crater lakes, formed by ancient volcanic explosions, dot the surrounding countryside and serve as home to large flocks of flamingos and herds of buffalo. Tom Hanscom, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wildlife rebound in Uganda," 11 July 2019 Capture the sun rising above the crater wall, and zoom in on flocks of flamingos, bathing hippos, large herds of zebras, prancing antelope, elusive rhinos, and lions resting up for the nighttime hunt. National Geographic, "Tanzania High School Photography Workshop," 12 June 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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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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