Origin: ME < OE pellicane < LL(Ec) pelicanus < Gr pelekan (used in LXX to transl. Heb ḳā'ath, bird of prey), akin to pelekas, woodpecker, prob. < pelekys, an ax (from the shape of the bill)
See pelican in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English pellican
Origin: and from Old French pelican
Origin: , both from Late Latin pelicānus
Origin: , from Greek pelekan.
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