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Spell pelican with a single l.
- a large gregarious waterbird with a long bill, an extensible throat pouch for scooping up fish, and mainly white or gray plumage.
- Genus Pelecanus, family Pelecanidae: six species, including the white pelican (P. erythrorhynchos) of western and central North America, and the brown pelican (P. occidentalis) of northern and western South America and the southern US
late Old English pellicane, via late Latin from Greek pelekan, probably based on pelekus 'ax' (with reference to its bill)