Definition of flamingo in English:



  • A tall wading bird with mainly pink or scarlet plumage and long legs and neck. It has a heavy bent bill that is held upside down in the water in order to filter-feed on small organisms.

    Family Phoenicopteridae: three genera and four species, in particular the greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)

    • ‘Wetlands are a lure for geese, swans, ducks, egrets, storks, herons and the icon of the Camargue, the pink flamingo.’
    • ‘The islands are home to many bird species, including fish eagles, ospreys and flamingos.’
    • ‘Other new attractions include flamingoes, water features and living sculptures.’
    • ‘Outside the formal main bar was a pond, home to a dozen or more pink flamingos.’
    • ‘These include ostriches, macaws, toucans, flamingos, storks and cranes.’


Mid 16th century: from Spanish flamengo, earlier form of flamenco (see flamenco); associated, because of its colour, with Latin flamma ‘a flame’.