Pelican definition

pĕlĭ-kən
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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.
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Any of various seabirds of the family Pelecanidae, having a long bill with a distendable pouch.
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A native or resident of the American state of Louisiana.
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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.
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Noun

Singular:
pelican
Plural:
pelicans

Origin of pelican

  • Middle English from Old English pellican and from Old French pelican both from Late Latin pelicānus from Greek pelekan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English pellicane, from Latin pelecānus, from Ancient Greek πελεκάν (pelekan).

    From Wiktionary