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pelican (ˈpɛlɪkən Pronunciation for pelican



  1. any aquatic bird of the tropical and warm water family Pelecanidae, such as P. onocrotalus (white pelican): order Pelecaniformes. They have a long straight flattened bill, with a distensible pouch for engulfing fish

Word Origin

Old English pellican, from Late Latin pelicānus, from Greek pelekān; perhaps related to Greek pelekus axe, perhaps from the shape of the bird's bill; compare Greek pelekas woodpecker

Translations for 'pelican'

  • British English: pelicanPronunciation for pelican A pelican is a type of large water bird. It catches fish and keeps them in the bottom part of its beak which is shaped like a large bag.ˈpɛlɪkən NOUN
  • Arabic: بَجَعَةٌPronunciation for بَجَعَةٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: pelicanoPronunciation for pelicano
  • Chinese: 鹈鹕Pronunciation for 鹈鹕
  • Croatian: pelikanPronunciation for pelikan
  • Czech: pelikánPronunciation for pelikán
  • Danish: pelikanPronunciation for pelikan
  • Dutch: pelikaanPronunciation for pelikaan
  • European Spanish: pelícanoPronunciation for pelícano
  • Finnish: pelikaaniPronunciation for pelikaani
  • French: pélicanPronunciation for pélican
  • German: PelikanPronunciation for Pelikan
  • Greek: πελεκάνοςPronunciation for πελεκάνος
  • Italian: pellicanoPronunciation for pellicano
  • Japanese: ペリカンPronunciation for ペリカン
  • Korean: 펠리컨Pronunciation for 펠리컨
  • Norwegian: pelikanPronunciation for pelikan
  • Polish: pelikanPronunciation for pelikan
  • Portuguese: pelicanoPronunciation for pelicano
  • Romanian: pelican pelicani
  • Russian: пеликанPronunciation for пеликан
  • Spanish: pelícanoPronunciation for pelícano
  • Swedish: pelikanPronunciation for pelikan
  • Thai: นกกระทุงPronunciation for นกกระทุง
  • Turkish: pelikanPronunciation for pelikan
  • Ukrainian: пелікан
  • Vietnamese: chim bồ nôngPronunciation for chim bồ nông

Example Sentences Including 'pelican'

A pelican , perched on the rocks, tried to stare Stone down, then flapped off to join his buddies.
Terman, Douglas Cormorant
Crossing back over the pelican crossing, I read the letters page as I walked up Malone Avenue.
David Cavanagh MUSIC FOR BOYS (2003)
Twenty minutes later she was hovering on the southern side of the park, at the edge of the pelican lake, as the lunch hour approached.
Dobbs, Michael The Touch of Innocents


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