Definition of cockatiel in English:

cockatiel

Syllabification: cock·a·tiel
Pronunciation: /ˈkäkəˌtēl
 
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noun

  • A slender, long-crested Australian parrot related to the cockatoos, with a mainly gray body, white shoulders, and a yellow and orange face.
    • Nymphicus hollandicus, family Cacatuidae (or Psittacidae)
    More example sentences
    • Parrot fever is a bacterial disease that affects more than 100 species of wild and domestic birds, including parrots, macaws, cockatiels and parakeets.
    • When the aviary was smashed, the parrots, cockatiels and lovebirds took flight.
    • The bird sanctuary has been inundated with calls from people who have spotted cockatiels, budgies and parrots that have been released into the wild.

Origin

late 19th century: from Dutch kaketielje, probably a diminutive of kaketoe 'cockatoo'.

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