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

 

parakeet

 noun
(also parrakeet) noun
BrE BrE//ˈpærəkiːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəkiːt//
 
Pets, Birds
 
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a small bird of the parrot family, usually with a long tail See related entries: Pets, Birds Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Old French paroquet, Italian parrocchetto, and Spanish periquito; origin uncertain, perhaps (via Italian) based on a diminutive meaning ‘little wig’, referring to head plumage, or (via Spanish) based on a diminutive of the given name Pedro.
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