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1. Any of numerous primarily tropical and subtropical birds of the order Psittaciformes, characterized by a short hooked bill, brightly colored plumage, and, in some species, the ability to mimic human speech or other sounds.
2. One who imitates the words or actions of another, especially without understanding them.
tr.v. par·rot·ed, par·rot·ing, par·rots
To repeat or imitate, especially without understanding.

[Probably from French dialectal Perrot, diminutive of Pierre, Peter.]

par′rot·er n.
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a person who repeats the words or ideas of others
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And all because the Washington right and its parroters cannot distinguish between ideology and a prophetic commitment to the poor an because some in the media don't bother to report who actually said what.