pelican

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noun pel·i·can \ˈpe-li-kən\

Definition of pelican

  1. :  any of a genus (Pelecanus) of large web-footed fish-eating birds with a very large bill and distensible gular pouch

Origin and Etymology of pelican

Middle English, from Old English pellican, from Late Latin pelecanus, from Greek pelekan


First Known Use: before 12th century



PELICAN Defined for English Language Learners

pelican

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noun pel·i·can \ˈpe-li-kən\

Definition of pelican for English Language Learners

  • : a large ocean bird that has a large bag that is part of its lower bill for catching and holding fish


PELICAN Defined for Kids

pelican

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noun pel·i·can \ˈpe-li-kən\

Definition of pelican for Students

  1. :  a large bird with webbed feet and a very large bill having a pouch on the lower part used to scoop in fish for food



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