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flamingo

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Pronunciation: /fləˈmɪŋɡəʊ
 
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Definition of flamingo in English:

noun (plural flamingos or flamingoes)

A tall wading bird with mainly pink or scarlet plumage and long legs and neck. It has a heavy bent bill that is held upside down in the water in order to filter-feed on small organisms.
  • Family Phoenicopteridae: three genera and four species, in particular the greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)
Example sentences
  • These include ostriches, macaws, toucans, flamingos, storks and cranes.
  • Wetlands are a lure for geese, swans, ducks, egrets, storks, herons and the icon of the Camargue, the pink flamingo.
  • The islands are home to many bird species, including fish eagles, ospreys and flamingos.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Spanish flamengo, earlier form of flamenco (see flamenco); associated, because of its colour, with Latin flamma 'a flame'.

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