Definition of phoenicopter in English:

phoenicopter

noun

archaic, poetic
  • A flamingo.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Foxe (?1517–1587), martyrologist. From French phoenicoptère, phénicoptère or its etymon classical Latin phoenīcopterus flamingo (Pliny) from ancient Greek ϕοινικόπτερος, lit. ‘red-feathered’ from ϕοινικ-, ϕοῖνιξ dark red + -πτερος.

Pronunciation

phoenicopter

/ˈfiːnɪkɒptə/