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

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flamingo (fləˈmɪŋɡəʊ)
n , pl -gos, -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
2.  a.  a reddish-orange colour
 b.  (as adjective): flamingo gloves
[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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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."
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Example sentences
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.
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