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Any of various small slender parrots, usually having long tapering tails and often kept as pets.
[From Middle French perroquet, probably originally a pet name for persons called Pierre, Peter, from Old French, from Latin Petrus.]
(Animals) any of numerous small usually brightly coloured long-tailed parrots, such as Psittacula krameri (ring-necked parakeet), of Africa
[C16: from Spanish periquito and Old French paroquet parrot, of uncertain origin]
any of various small parrots having a long, graduated tail, as the budgerigar and New World parrots of the genus Aratinga and allied genera.
[1575–85; < Middle French paroquet, appar. orig. a diminutive of P(i)errot, diminutive of Pierre Peter, as a name for a parrot]
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|Noun||1.||parakeet - any of numerous small slender long-tailed parrots|
parrot - usually brightly colored zygodactyl tropical birds with short hooked beaks and the ability to mimic sounds
Carolina parakeet, Conuropsis carolinensis - extinct parakeet whose range extended far into the United States
budgereegah, budgerigar, budgerygah, budgie, grass parakeet, lovebird, Melopsittacus undulatus, shell parakeet - small Australian parakeet usually light green with black and yellow markings in the wild but bred in many colors