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Definition: Aporrhais pes-pelicani
, n. [F. p['e]lican, L. pelicanus, pelecanus,
Gr. ?, ?, ?, the woodpecker, and also a water bird of the
pelican kind, fr. ? to hew with an ax, akin to Skr.
para[,c]u.] [Written also pelecan
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any large webfooted bird of the genus
, 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
Note: The American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
) and the brown species (Pelecanus fuscus
) are abundant on the Florida coast in winter,
but breed about the lakes in the Rocky Mountains and
2. (Old Chem.) A retort or still having a curved tube or
tubes leading back from the head to the body for
continuous condensation and redistillation.
Note: The principle is still employed in certain modern forms
of distilling apparatus.
(Zo["o]l.), the frigate bird. See under
(Zo["o]l.), deep-sea fish (Eurypharynx pelecanoides
) of the order Lyomeri
, remarkable for the
enormous development of the jaws, which support a large
(Bot.), the very large and curiously shaped
blossom of a climbing plant (Aristolochia grandiflora
of the West Indies; also, the plant itself.
(Zo["o]l.), a large Asiatic wood ibis
). The head and throat are
destitute of feathers; the plumage is white, with the
quills and the tail greenish black.
Pelican in her piety
(in heraldry and symbolical art), a
representation of a pelican in the act of wounding her
breast in order to nourish her young with her blood; -- a
practice fabulously attributed to the bird, on account of
which it was adopted as a symbol of the Redeemer, and of
(Zo["o]l.), a marine gastropod shell of the
, esp. Aporrhais pes-pelicani