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 (lôr′ĭ-kēt′, lŏr′-)
Any of several small, often brilliantly colored Australasian parrots that feed primarily on soft fruits and on nectar and pollen.


(ˈlɒrɪˌkiːt; ˌlɒrɪˈkiːt)
(Animals) any of various small lories, such as Glossopsitta versicolor (varied lorikeet) or Trichoglossus moluccanus (rainbow lorikeet)
[C18: from lory + -keet, as in parakeet]


(ˈlɔr ɪˌkit, ˈlɒr-)

any of various small lories.
[1765–75; lory + (para) keet]
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Noun1.lorikeet - any of various small lorieslorikeet - any of various small lories    
lory - small brightly colored Australasian parrots having a brush-tipped tongue for feeding on nectar and soft fruits
Glossopsitta versicolor, varied Lorikeet - lorikeet with a colorful coat
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VISITORS have helped Dudley Zoo raise more than PS1,500 for in-situ conservation projects throughout 2017 by purchasing pots of nectar to feed our rainbow lorikeets.
With their spectacular colours, aerobatic flights and entertaining social behaviours, the lorikeets are my favourite species to work with.
Each experience is different and visitors could be working with tortoises, giraffes, anteaters, tapirs, aardvarks, lemurs, lorikeets, spider monkeys, otters, farm animals, reindeer, pelicans or penguins.
The scientists and artists carefully described kangaroos, lorikeets, and mudskippers, and collected hundreds of specimens of plants and animals new to science.
One of the new must-see attractions gives visitors the fantastic experience of seeing the park's beautiful rainbow lorikeets up close.
BEAK PRACTICE Griff and Gareth feed the friendly rainbow lorikeets The Rothschild's giraffe is classed as an endangered species with just 1,500 of them estimated to be living in the wild.
Every attendee could have the picture taken with a cuddly koala in addition to enjoying other Australian wildlife in the Sanctuary including kangaroos, echidnas, platypus, emus, lorikeets, and more.
In the new walk-in aviary, the public can enter and feed the birds of which the colourful lories and lorikeets are a major attraction.
When Kaukab first arrives in England, she is shocked to see that England lacks blossom-headed parakeets, lorikeets, mynahs and beeeaters.
The incidents happened at Bristol Zoo Gardens last year and were shortly followed by further distress when three rainbow lorikeets escaped.