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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Chilean flamingo Lance Bass and American flamingo Freddie Mercury have paired up for several years. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Denver Zoo's Same-Sex Flamingo Couple Lance Bass and Freddie Mercury Might Raise Chick Together," 12 June 2019 Chilean flamingo Lance Bass and American flamingo Freddie Mercury have paired up for several years. Kurt Sevits, The Denver Post, "Flamingos Lance Bass and Freddie Mercury find love at Denver Zoo," 11 June 2019 Last month, a flamingo at a zoo in Illinois had to be euthanized after it was injured by a child skipping rocks into its habitat, The Washington Post reported. al.com, "Otter dies after he is fed by Tennessee park visitors," 3 June 2019 Part of the experience will also be some of the extras, like riders admiring a flock of up to 25 flamingoes — a peaceful moment before the journey through water rapids begins. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "SeaWorld: Summer clock ticking but still no Infinity Falls open date," 20 June 2018 The night spun out like a fever dream of feathers, fluffy tulle, and flamingos. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Candy Boys and Girls Got #CottonCampy at the Annual Pre-Met Party," 6 May 2019 One client of hers, an artist, added artificial flamingos to the lawn around her front door. Melissa Rayworth, BostonGlobe.com, "Front porches and entries that say ‘welcome’," 5 July 2018 There will also be some new animals, including a flamingo, sloth, otter, and an adorable service dog. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "These New 2019 Emojis Are Super Inclusive and Your Group Text Will Appreciate It," 6 Feb. 2019 In spring and fall, birdwatchers flock to the lagoon and its salt marshes (a natural reserve) on boat safaris to see over 400 species, from white egrets to pink flamingoes that make the migration on the east-Atlantic route. Lane Nieset, Vogue, "After Marrakech, Go to Oualidia, the Montauk of Morocco," 30 Jan. 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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