Definition of cockatoo in English:


Syllabification: cock·a·too
Pronunciation: /ˈkäkəˌto͞o


A parrot with an erectile crest, found in Australia, eastern Indonesia, and neighboring islands.
  • Family Cacatuidae (or Psittacidae): several genera and numerous species, including the sulfur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
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  • Many parrots, macaws and cockatoos are also being driven close to extinction by international trade.
  • Surprisingly, parrots and cockatoos can get jealous of other pets, so if there's a new animal in the house be patient whilst your bird gets used to the newcomer.
  • When living at the hotel on Thursday Island in 1891 he installed a cage of parrots and cockatoos on the verandah.


mid 17th century: from Dutch kaketoe, from Malay kakatua, the spelling influenced by cock1.

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