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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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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
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[ˈpærəkiːt] Nperico m, periquito m
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parrakeet [ˈpærəkiːt] nperruche f
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nSittich m
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[ˈpærəkiːt] nparrocchetto
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References in classic literature ?
A band of braided grasses about her brow held in place a few gaudy feathers from the parakeet, while other bits of grass were fashioned into imitations of arm and leg ornaments of metal.
By this time the sun was driving broad golden spokes through the lower branches of the mango-trees; the parakeets and doves were coming.
Known in its native New Zealand as the kakariki karaka, the orange-fronted parakeet lives in beech forests and was thought to be completely extinct until 1993.
Company nickname: "Everyone calls me Bird Mom because I have a little yellow parakeet named Lemon.
Fast-forward 30 years, the squawk of an alien ring-necked parakeet - the UK's only naturalised parrot - is now the most frequent "birdsong" I hear.
If you haven't yet seen a ring-necked parakeet in our region, then you will very soon.
The 25-year old document clearing agent first spotted his parakeet pal looking worse for wear with hardly any feathers for sale on a stall in a souq in Isa Town.
Of the 10 samples positive for genotype A (cockatiels [Nymphicus hollandicus, n = 5], ring-necked parakeet [Psittacula krameri, n = 2], African gray parrot [Psittacus erithacus, n = 3]), 6 samples were from asymptomatic and 4 from symptomatic birds.
RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a lost parakeet was found in Cardiff.
He added that breeding of the Peacocks, Pheasants (Surkhab), Deer, Chukar Patridge, Alexandrine Parakeet (Speaker parrot) and some others was in progress in the district.