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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.]


(ˈpærəˌkiːt) or


(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]


(ˈpær əˌkit)

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.parakeet - any of numerous small slender long-tailed parrotsparakeet - 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


[ˈpærəkiːt] Nperico m, periquito m


parrakeet [ˈpærəkiːt] nperruche f


nSittich m


[ˈpærəkiːt] nparrocchetto
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At dawn and at sunset the howler monkeys screamed together and the parrakeets broke into shrill chatter, but during the hot hours of the day only the full drone of insects, like the beat of a distant surf, filled the ear, while nothing moved amid the solemn vistas of stupendous trunks, fading away into the darkness which held us in.
Mr Dodson, who also had two parrakeets in his garden in the past, said: "It's a beautiful bird.
Macaulay's writings and his parliamentary oratory had gained him admission to the ruling elite, but his behaviour sometimes disconcerted the Whig aristocrats among whom he moved, when, for example, he recited from memory at the Cabinet table a popular ballad he had heard being sung in the streets; the Duke of Wellington is alleged to have said that Lord Melbourne ~would rather sit in a room with a chime of bells, twelve parrakeets and one Lady Westmoreland than sit in Cabinet with Mr.