Any large webfooted bird of the genus Pelecanus, of which about a dozen species are known. They have an enormous bill, to the lower edge of which is attached a pouch in which captured fishes are temporarily stored.
Generic term for all species within the Pelecaniformes, which includes gannets and cormorants as well as pelicans proper (which you don't see too often in Britain).
Asia. For my young l rend my heart. The mother bird was reputed by St. Augustine and Isidore to kill its young by kisses or blows, and after three days the male bird would wound himself in the breast and revive the brood with his own life-blood. A symbol of the Resurrection.
large long-winged warm-water seabird having a large bill with a distensible pouch for fish
a bird of Egypt, and dwelleth in deserts beside the river Nile
a huge water bird
Mother goddess of the dead who prophesies a safe passage through the underworld.
The pelican has a large throat pouch that actually holds three times more fish than its stomach. These robust birds live at our beaches and waterways and at the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge at Vero Beach.
A pelican is any of several very large water birds with a distinctive pouch under the beak belonging to the bird family Pelecanidae. Along with the darters, cormorants, gannets, boobies, frigatebirds, and tropicbirds, it makes up the order Pelecaniformes. Like other birds in that group, pelicans have all four toes webbed (they are totipalmate).