any of a genus (Pelecanus, family Pelecanidae) of pelecaniform birds with a distensible pouch which hangs from the large lower bill and is used to scoop up or store fish
Origin of pelicanMiddle English ; from Old English pellicane ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin pelicanus ; from Classical Greek pelekan (used in Septuagint to translated, translation Classical Hebrew (language) ??'ath, bird of prey), akin to pelekas, woodpecker, probably ; from pelekys, an ax (from the shape of the bill)
Any of various large, web-footed birds of the genus Pelecanus primarily of tropical and warm regions, having a long straight bill from which hangs a distensible pouch of skin used for catching and holding fish.
Origin of pelicanMiddle English, from Old English pellican and from Old French pelican, both from Late Latin pelicanus, from Greek pelekan.
From Old English pellicane, from Latin pelecÄnus, from Ancient Greek Ï€ÎµÎ»ÎµÎºÎ¬Î½ (pelekan).