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 Lotion tubes, squirt bottles, brushes, a honey bear, solo flip-flops, a Wiffle ball and a legless lawn flamingo now stained bone-white, all provide the canvas for Riley’s patterned mariner drawings in India ink. New York Times, 16 June 2022 But alongside the salt-air signifiers was an ethereal lavender suit, frizzy argyle sweater and shimmering flamingo-pink trousers—the sort of elevated, investment garb that would normally be alien in these parts. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 21 May 2022 The oldest flamingo the Sedgwick County Zoo has had lived to age 60. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 1 Apr. 2022 One recent study showed that mining was negatively correlated with flamingo populations in the Atacama, potentially due to declining surface water. Genevieve Glatsky, Fortune, 23 May 2022 Branson—an animal lover— has been working on a project to encourage the flamingo population on the island to breed, something is done in only a handful of places worldwide. Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Lost and found: A flamingo escaped a Kansas zoo in 2005. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 3 May 2022 In March a zoo flamingo that made a wing for it during a Kansas storm in 2005 was spotted, again, on the Texas coast. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, 14 Apr. 2022 An African flamingo missing from a Kansas zoo for 17 years recently was spotted out in the wild in Texas. Natasha Dado, PEOPLE.com, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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24 Jun 2022

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“Flamingo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flamingo. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for flamingo


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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Nglish: Translation of flamingo for Spanish Speakers

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