Definition of pelican noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpelɪkən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpelɪkən//
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a large bird that lives near water, with a bag of skin under its long beak for storing food See related entries: Birds Word Origin late Old English pellicane, via late Latin from Greek pelekan, probably based on pelekus ‘axe’ (with reference to its bill).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pelican

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