• WordNet 3.6
    • n flamingo large pink to scarlet web-footed wading bird with down-bent bill; inhabits brackish lakes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason why flamingos are pink is because they eat shrimp which have a red pigment
    • n Flamingo (Zoöl) Any bird of the genus Phœnicopterus. The flamingoes have webbed feet, very long legs, and a beak bent down as if broken. Their color is usually red or pink. The American flamingo is P. ruber; the European is P. antiquorum.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Flamingos are able to fly at a speed of approximately 55 kilometers an hour. In one night they can travel about 600 km
    • n flamingo Any bird of the family Phænicopteridæ: so called from the red or flaming color. Flamingos have extremely long slender legs and neck, a relatively small body, and large head, with a heavy bill bent abruptly in the middle and furnished with lamellæ like a duck's. The feet are webbed, and the whole structure is intermediate between that of grallatorial birds, like herons and storks, and natatorial birds, like the duck tribe. They thus constitute a superfamily group, called Amphimorphæ, from the equivocal structure. There are about eight species, of which the best-known is the common flamingo of the old world, Phœnicopterus antiquorum. The red flamingo of tropical and subtropical America is P. ruber; the African species is P. minor. There are two peculiar to South America, P. ignipalliatus and P. andinus. Details of structure have caused the erection of four genera for these birds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are more plastic flamingos in America than real ones
    • n Flamingo fla-ming′gō a tropical bird of a flaming or bright-red colour, with long legs and neck.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. flamenco, cf. Pg. flamingo, Prov. flammant, F. flamant,; prop. a p. pr. meaning flaming,. So called in allusion to its color. See Flame
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. flamenco—L. flamma, a flame.


In literature:

Among them were tall flamingoes, rose-coloured spoonbills, snow-white egrets, and countless other water-fowl.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
The east held a troop of small clouds red as flamingoes flying against a shining sky; last traces of our tempest.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
An expansively crimson flamingo!
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Chief give me flamingo feather.
"Historic Boyhoods" by Rupert Sargent Holland
The brilliant plumage of the flamingo is very beautiful.
"Mamma's Stories about Birds" by Anonymous (AKA the author of "Chickseed without Chickweed")
Much wondered she when bright By sedgy pools, flamingoes stalked.
"Lilith" by Ada Langworthy Collier
They could see tall scarlet flamingoes on the farther shore, and smaller birds of the ibis kind.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
I will learn her awful lingo, if by any chance I can; I'll despoil the gay flamingo to provide her with a fan.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98 January 11, 1890" by Various
Flamingos, killing of, 187.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
The flamingo, however, is useful as an article of food.
"Harper's Young People, August 3, 1880" by Various

In poetry:

Or through dawn-mist
The grey and rose
Of the juridical
"'The Age Demanded'" by Ezra Pound
'"Fish I sent you, sent you turtle,
Chip-chip, conch, flamingo red,
Woodland paui, horned screamer,
And blue ramier overhead.
"The Legend of La Brea" by Charles Kingsley
F was a fussy Flamingo,
Who remarked to his family, "By jingo!
I think I would go
To that animal show,
But they all talk such barbarous lingo."
"An Alphabet Zoo" by Carolyn Wells
“When should they dip their breasts again and play
In slumberous azure pools, clear as the air,
Where rosy-winged flamingoes fish all day,
Stalking amid the lotus blossom fair?
"Sand Martins" by Jean Ingelow
Before him, like a blood-red flag,
The bright flamingoes flew;
From morn till night he followed their flight,
O'er plains where the tamarind grew,
Till he saw the roofs of Caffre huts,
And the ocean rose to view.
"The Slave's Dream" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

GroLink, Green Fuse, Fides, Flamingo Holland, Ball Horticultural Co. 'Alice Dupont' mandevilla, GroLink.
' Flamingo Court' opens at the Off Broadway Palm.
The Off Broadway Palm Theatre presents Flamingo Court playing January 20 through March 6.
Wherever the flamingo goes, she brings a city's worth of furbelows.
Sal DeBlasi is fulfilling his dying mother's wish by serving up enjoyable breakfasts at the Pink Flamingo restaurant on Davis Islands.
That's right, the Killers' Brandon Flowers, he of everything that glitters like his beloved hometown of Las Vegas, has released his first solo album, appropriately titled Flamingo .
Jones, who uses the flamingos to raise breast cancer awareness, said 30 plastic pink flamingos were stolen from her front yard a few weeks ago.
Photos by Brett Duke, the Times-Picayune Laurie Jones 'flocks' the Destrehan yard of Julia and Jerry Allen with pink flamingos on Friday.
Brandon Flowers, " Flamingo ".
Pink Flamingo Pee Wee Golf Tournament.
Combine that feeling with the excitement of a circus and an amusement park, and you capture the spirit of Pink Flamingo Pee Wee Golf Tournament.
I) when they meet in a field of 10 set to go postward in the $250,000 Flamingo Stakes (gr III) at Hialeah Park.
Trippi early favorite in Flamingo Stakes.
Trippi will open as the 9-5 favorite in a field of 11 3-year-olds today in the Flamingo Stakes, which will be run at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. For the first time in the 69-year history of race.
Inside the door there are two, three-foottall, pink plaster flamingos .

In science:

Aside from their Spitzer photometry, Todorov et al. (2012) presented two transits, one observed in the I -band using a 0.36 m telescope and one observed in the J -band using the KPNO 2.1 m telescope with FLAMINGOES infrared imager and spectrograph.
Homogeneous studies of transiting extrasolar planets. V. New results for 38 planets
In general, the WIRC data are used for the survey as that dataset is deeper than the FLAMINGOS dataset.
The IRAC Dark Field; Far- Infrared to X-ray Data