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pel·i·can

 (pĕl′ĭ-kən)
n.
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.

[Middle English, from Old English pellican and from Old French pelican, both from Late Latin pelicānus, from Greek pelekan.]
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pelican

(ˈpɛlɪkən)
n
(Animals) 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
[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]
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pel•i•can

(ˈpɛl ɪ kən)

n.
any of several large, web-footed birds of the family Pelecanidae, of warmer regions of the world, having an expandable throat pouch.
[before 1000; Middle English pellican, Old English < Late Latin pelicānus, variant of pelecān < Greek pelekan]
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pel·i·can

(pĕl′ĭ-kən)
Any of various large, web-footed water birds of warm regions, having a large expandable pouch under the lower bill. The pouch is used for scooping up water and fish.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pelican - large long-winged warm-water seabird having a large bill with a distensible pouch for fishpelican - large long-winged warm-water seabird having a large bill with a distensible pouch for fish
pelecaniform seabird - large fish-eating seabird with four-toed webbed feet
Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, white pelican - large American pelican; white with black wing feathers
Old world white pelican, Pelecanus onocrotalus - similar to American white pelican
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Translations
بَجَعَةٌطائِر البَجَع
pelikán
pelikan
pelikaani
pelikan
pelikángödény
pelíkani
ペリカン
펠리컨
pelikanas
pelikāns
pelikán
pelikan
นกกระทุง
chim bồ nông

pelican

[ˈpelɪkən]
A. Npelícano m
B. CPD pelican crossing Nsemáforo m sonoro
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

pelican

[ˈpɛlɪkən] npélican mpelican crossing n (British)passage m pour piétons (avec feux de circulation)
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

pelican

nPelikan m
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pelican

[ˈpɛlɪkən] npellicano
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

pelican

(ˈpelikən) noun
a kind of large water-bird with a large beak with a pouch for carrying fish.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

pelican

بَجَعَةٌ pelikán pelikan Pelikan πελεκάνος pelícano pelikaani pélican pelikan pellicano ペリカン 펠리컨 pelikaan pelikan pelikan pelicano пеликан pelikan นกกระทุง pelikan chim bồ nông 鹈鹕
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References in classic literature ?
Then night fell in the midst of a heavy silence, sometimes broken by the cries of the pelican and other night-birds, and the noise of the waves breaking upon the shore, chafing against the rocks, or the panting of some far-off steamer beating the waters of the Gulf with its noisy paddles.
Behind them a group of swaggering, half-drunken Yorkshire dalesmen, speaking a dialect which their own southland countrymen could scarce comprehend, their jerkins marked with the pelican, which showed that they had come over in the train of the north-country Stapletons.
The country abounded with aquatic and land birds, such as swans, wild geese, brant, ducks of almost every description, pelicans, herons, gulls, snipes, curlews, eagles, vultures, crows, ravens, magpies, woodpeckers, pigeons, partridges, pheasants, grouse, and a great variety of singing birds.
Maston courageously menaced them with his steel hook, but he only succeeded in frightening some pelicans and teal, while tall flamingos stared stupidly at the party.
Henpecked?-- well, toucans and flamingoes and pelicans all had their bills in him.
Put out of countenance by the manner in which he thus "set foot" upon the New World, he uttered a loud cry, which so frightened the innumerable cormorants and pelicans that are always perched upon these movable quays, that they flew noisily away.
I forced many kinds of seeds into the stomachs of dead fish, and then gave their bodies to fishing-eagles, storks, and pelicans; these birds after an interval of many hours, either rejected the seeds in pellets or passed them in their excrement; and several of these seeds retained their power of germination.
In case of emergency, the Pelican 1610 can carry even a heart defibrillator.
Senthilnathan, said the Rosy Pelican laid two eggs a month ago and hatched one of the two.
Wild animals have entered the colony of Dalmatian Pelicans in Bulgariaas Srebarna Nature Reserve and have scared them.
"We could not be more pleased to have found the right long-term home for Pelican," said Kathleen Calhoun Nettleton, Pelican president and publisher, in a news release.