Meaning of pelican

pel•i•can

Pronunciation: (pel'i-kun), [key]
— n.
  1. any of several large, totipalmate, fish-eating birds of the family Pelecanidae, having a large bill with a distensible pouch.
  2. a still or retort with two tubes that leave the body from the neck, curve in opposite directions, and reenter the body through the belly.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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