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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.
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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Examples for flamingo
  • Shrimplike crustaceans are responsible for the flamingo's pink color.
  • flamingo males are both loving husbands and attentive fathers.
  • Many bright feather colors, such as flamingo pink and canary yellow, are related to the foods birds eat.
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
1565, from Port. flamengo, Sp. flamengo, lit. "flame-colored" (cf Gk. phoinikopteros "flamingo," lit. "red-feathered"), from Prov. flamenc, from flama "flame" + Gmc. suffix -enc "-ing, belonging to."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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