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[fluh-ming-goh] /fləˈmɪŋ goʊ/
noun, plural flamingos, flamingoes.
any of several aquatic birds of the family Phoenicopteridae, having very long legs and neck, webbed feet, a bill bent downward at the tip, and pinkish to scarlet plumage.
Origin of flamingo
1555-65; compare Portuguese flamengo, Spanish flamenco literally, Fleming (cf. flamenco); apparently originally a jocular name, from the conventional Romance image of the Flemish as ruddy-complexioned Unabridged
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  • The form of the bill in the flamingo always suggests a man with a broken nose.

    Egyptian Birds Charles Whymper
  • "Then hurry and climb up on my shoulders here," the flamingo cried.

    Andiron Tales John Kendrick Bangs
  • The flamingo truly has a brilliant plumage, but never a brilliant environment.

  • The flamingo's legs are long and thin, and the neck is also long.

    The Wonders of the Jungle Prince Sarath Ghosh
  • After a moment' pause she continued: "He told you all about the race which flamingo lost, and about that letter."

  • The messenger boy, too, stopped to stare at the Tasmanian flamingo.

  • Several species from the Solenhofen Slate have the neck long and slender, on the type of the flamingo.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • Thus at one corner there was a wooden image of a flamingo; this was flamingo Street.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
British Dictionary definitions for flamingo


noun (pl) -gos, -goes
any large wading bird of the family Phoenicopteridae, having a pink-and-red plumage and downward-bent bill and inhabiting brackish lakes: order Ciconiiformes
  1. a reddish-orange colour
  2. (as adjective): flamingo gloves
Word Origin
C16: from Portuguese flamengo, from Provençal flamenc, from Latin flamma flame + Germanic suffix -ing denoting descent from or membership of; compare -ing³
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Word Origin and History for flamingo

1560s, from Portuguese flamengo, Spanish flamengo, literally "flame-colored" (cf. Greek phoinikopteros "flamingo," literally "red-feathered"), from Provençal flamenc, from flama "flame" (see flame (n.)) + Germanic suffix -enc "-ing, belonging to."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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