Definition of cockatoo noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkɒkəˈtuː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːkətuː//
(pl. cockatoos) Birds
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an Australian bird of the parrot family, with a large row of feathers (called a crest ) standing up on its head See related entries: Birds Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Dutch kaketoe, from Malay kakatua, the spelling influenced by cock.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cockatoo