Definition of white pelican in English:

white pelican

noun

  • Either of two pelicans with white plumage, (more fully great white pelican) Pelecanus onocrotalus of the Old World, and (more fully American white pelican) P. erythrorhynchos of the New World.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in Hans Sloane (1660–1753), physician and collector.