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Phenicopter

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Phenícopter. n.s. [φοινικόπτερος; phœnicopterus, Lat.] A kind of bird, which is thus described by Martial:

Dat mihi penna rubens nomen sed lingua gulosis
Nostra sapit; quid si garrula lingua foret?

He blended together the livers of guiltheads, the brains of pheasants and peacocks, tongues of phenicopters, and the melts of lampres. Hakewill on Providence.

Sources: Hakewill, George (9) · Martial (3)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Phenicopter." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: May 27, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=9593.


  1. Translation of Martial’s epigram (Book 13, #71):

    The Flamingo

    My red-colored feather gives me my name but our tongue is tasted by the gluttonous. What if our tongue were loquacious?

    Flamingo tongue was considered a delicacy in Ancient Rome.

  2. Brandi on May 27th, 2012 at 4:04 am

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