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noun, plural fla·min·gos, fla·min·goes.
  1. 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.
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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
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  • The messenger boy, too, stopped to stare at the Tasmanian flamingo.

  • The flamingo, in large flocks, visits the New World as well as the Old.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • "I've got one I wouldn't sell for $1,000," said the Flamingo.

    Andiron Tales

    John Kendrick Bangs

  • "It doesn't pay to associate with conductors," said the Flamingo.

    Andiron Tales

    John Kendrick Bangs

  • "Then hurry and climb up on my shoulders here," the Flamingo cried.

    Andiron Tales

    John Kendrick Bangs

British Dictionary definitions for flamingo


noun plural -gos or -goes
  1. 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
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Word Origin

C16: from Portuguese flamengo, from Provençal flamenc, from Latin flamma flame + Germanic suffix -ing denoting descent from or membership of; compare -ing ³
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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."

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