white pelican

noun

Definition of white pelican

: a very large American pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) that is predominantly white with black wing feathers also : any of several similar Old World pelicans (especially P. onocrotalus)

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First Known Use of white pelican

1725, in the meaning defined above

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“White pelican.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20pelican. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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