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cock·a·too

 (kŏk′ə-to͞o′)
n. pl. cock·a·toos
Any of various parrots of the family Cacatuidae of Australia and adjacent areas, characterized by a long erectile crest.

[Dutch kaketoe, from Malay kakatua.]

cockatoo

(ˌkɒkəˈtuː; ˈkɒkəˌtuː)
n, pl -toos
1. (Animals) any of various parrots of the genus Kakatoe and related genera, such as K. galerita (sulphur-crested cockatoo), of Australia and New Guinea. They have an erectile crest and most of them are light-coloured
2. (Agriculture) Austral and NZ a small farmer or settler
3. informal Austral a lookout during some illegal activity
[C17: from Dutch kaketoe, from Malay kakatua]

cock•a•too

(ˈkɒk əˌtu, ˌkɒk əˈtu)

n., pl. -toos.
any of several large, usu. white crested parrots of the genus Cacatua and allied genera, of Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands.
[1610–20; < Dutch kaketoe < Malay kakatua]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cockatoo - white or light-colored crested parrot of the Australian regioncockatoo - white or light-colored crested parrot of the Australian region; often kept as cage birds
parrot - usually brightly colored zygodactyl tropical birds with short hooked beaks and the ability to mimic sounds
Cacatua, genus Cacatua, genus Kakatoe, Kakatoe - a genus of Psittacidae
Cacatua galerita, Kakatoe galerita, sulphur-crested cockatoo - white cockatoo with a yellow erectile crest
Kakatoe leadbeateri, pink cockatoo - white Australian cockatoo with roseate tinged plumage
Translations
بَبَّغاء ذات ذُؤابَه على رأسِها
kakadu
kakadue
kakadu
kakadu
kakadúi, skúfpáfi
kakadu
kakadū
kakadu
taçlı papağan

cockatoo

[ˌkɒkəˈtuː] Ncacatúa f

cockatoo

[ˌkɒkəˈtuː] ncacatoès mcocked hat [ˌkɒktˈhæt] ntricorne m
to knock sth into a cocked hat (= surpass) → dépasser qch de très loin

cockatoo

nKakadu m

cockatoo

[ˌkɒkəˈtuː] ncacatoa m inv

cockatoo

(kokəˈtuː) plural cockaˈtoos noun
a parrot with a large crest.
References in classic literature ?
But thoughts like these troubled very few of the reckless crew; and when, after steadily dropping and dropping the pirates astern, the Pequod at last shot by the vivid green Cockatoo Point on the Sumatra side, emerging at last upon the broad waters beyond; then, the harpooneers seemed more to grieve that the swift whales had been gaining upon the ship, than to rejoice that the ship had so victoriously gained upon the Malays.
Hungerton, her father, really was the most tactless person upon earth,--a fluffy, feathery, untidy cockatoo of a man, perfectly good-natured, but absolutely centered upon his own silly self.
Most of the company had indeed lived in their costumes for the last day or two, and Fisher himself had assumed his frock of sacking as a convenient dressing gown; but there seemed, nevertheless, something unusually finished and formal, in the way of an early bird, about this magnificent red cockatoo.
Cousin Caroline was a lady of very imposing height and circumference, but in spite of her size and her handsome trappings, there was something exposed and unsheltered in her expression, as if for many summers her thin red skin and hooked nose and reduplication of chins, so much resembling the profile of a cockatoo, had been bared to the weather; she was, indeed, a single lady; but she had, it was the habit to say, "made a life for herself," and was thus entitled to be heard with respect.
Now Sandy's dead, but Aunt Clara has a very old cockatoo that came from India.
One of the fellows called him, I remember, "a silly old bleached cockatoo," which so enraged his chauffeur that he bounded out of his seat to take the part of his insulted master, and it was all we could do to prevent a riot in the street.
only a small cockatoo that twisted his head impudently and sidewise at him and repeated, "Cocky.
In these woods there are not many birds; I saw, however, some large flocks of the white cockatoo feeding in a corn-field, and a few most beautiful parrots; crows, like our jackdaws were not uncommon, and another bird something like the magpie.
Some of these he has left on the Continent, but he has brought with him to this house a cockatoo, two canary-birds, and a whole family of white mice.
He seemed to have an insatiate delight in appealing to her and looking at her; excitedly sticking his hair up at the same moment, like a dark species of cockatoo.
For the moment, they were chattering with parrots of all colours, and grave cockatoos, who seemed to meditate upon some philosophical problem, whilst brilliant red lories passed like a piece of bunting carried away by the breeze, papuans, with the finest azure colours, and in all a variety of winged things most charming to behold, but few eatable.
He had gone back to Tudor, and hidden with him for a week, living on wild fruits and the few pigeons and cockatoos he had been able to shoot with bow and arrow.