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pelican (ˈpɛlɪkən Pronunciation for pelican

Definitions

noun

  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
And when we woke up our first morning to find ourselves sharing the breakfast terrace with a brown pelican , we knew we'd found a gem.
Sun, News of the World (2002)
Crossing back over the pelican crossing, I read the letters page as I walked up Malone Avenue.
David Cavanagh MUSIC FOR BOYS (2003)
For several days their only food was what Grogan could shoot, which was mostly pelican or marabou.
Edward Paice LOST LION OF EMPIRE:The Life of 'Cape-to-Cairo' Grogan (2002)
Just across the bridge connecting Phillip Island with the mainland is the fishing town of San Remo, where the daily pelican feed is at 11am.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2005)
Moreover, someone had to stay permanently at the village to look after the pelican creche.
India Today (1996)
They include bus lanes across the city, new controlled parking zones and a plethora of pelican crossings.
Sun, News of the World (2002)
Tim Thomson, of Crafers, did the bronze casting of the statue of Mr Thiele and a pelican - symbolic of his most famous book Storm Boy.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)
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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