parrakeet


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parrakeet

(ˈpærəˌkiːt)
n
(Animals) a variant spelling of parakeet

par•a•keet

(ˈpær əˌkit)

n.
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.parrakeet - any of numerous small slender long-tailed parrotsparrakeet - 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
References in classic literature ?
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.
We thought it may have been a parrakeet that had escaped or something.
Mr Dodson, who also had two parrakeets in his garden in the past, said: "It's a beautiful bird.