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
Recent Examples of flamingo from the Web
In an image uploaded to her Instagram account in May, the model sits atop an inflatable pink flamingo wearing a swimsuit in a matching rosy hue, retro sunnies and a wide-brimmed straw hat.
Vacationers on Johnson Beach, near the Alabama/Florida state line area, were able to spot two pink flamingos roaming the coastline around 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, riders are occasionally accompanied by flamingos.
The neatly manicured campus has one-legged robots that swoop up and down like yellow flamingos, an employee gym, a cadaver lab and a coffee bar serving Starbucks.
Its flamingos were so famous, they were featured in the opening credits of Miami Vice.
Leave that inflatable flamingo, pizza slice raft and pink-frosted doughnut float at home.
Choose the flamingo, toucan, swan, or unicorn, then follow the easy recipe.
An opening montage sets the scene — palm trees, strip club, flamingos, phallic motorboat — and the opening episodes (three were available for review) flesh out the clichés of Florida life as a down-market stew of sex, drugs and violent crime.
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Origin and Etymology of flamingo
obsolete Spanish flamengo (now flamenco), literally, Fleming, German (conventionally thought of as ruddy-complexioned)
First Known Use: 1565See Words from the same year
FLAMINGO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flamingo for English Language Learners
: a large tropical bird that has pink or red wings and a very long neck and legs
FLAMINGO Defined for Kids
Definition of flamingo for Students
: a large pale pink to reddish waterbird with very long neck and legs and a broad bill bent downward at the end
History for flamingo
The English word flamingo came from the bird's Spanish name, which was originally spelled flamengo and is now flamenco. In Spanish flamenco literally means “Fleming,” which is a name for the Dutch-speaking inhabitants of Belgium. Spaniards conventionally thought of Flemings as fair, but with ruddy faces, and this is probably why they gave this name to the pinkish birds—though no one knows for certain.
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