Phoenicopter

Phoenicopter

ˈfinəˌkɑptər

Noun

  • (archaic) A flamingo.

Get a new word in your inbox every day.

By subscribing you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Example Sentences

“The zoologist pointed out the phoenicopter habitat, but then had to explain that he was describing the flamingos.”

“My neighbor has a flock of plastic phoenicopters in her backyard.”

“The phoenicopter is mostly found in warmer climates.” 

Word Origin

Latin, late 16th century

Why this word?

Do you know what a phoenicopter eats to turn it pink? Shrimp! Do you know what a phoenicopter is? A flamingo! The flamingo’s beta-carotene-rich diet (found in algae and shrimp) turns it from a natural gray into a vibrant pink, which seems to be one of the ubiquitous facts children learn. However, the name “phoenicopter” has almost dropped out of use. The ancient historian Pliny used the word “phoenīcopterus,” which came from an ancient Greek word that meant “red-feathered.”

  • More brands you’ll love

    Elevate Your Everyday

    More brands you’ll love

    Elevate Your Everyday

    Subscribe to Better Report to receive tips and tricks that will save you money, maximize your time, and improve your life.

    Subscribe to Better Report
    By clicking “Subscribe” you’re agreeing to Better Report Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Learn a new word Puissant

ˈpwisnt