Definition of parrot in English:

parrot

Syllabification: par·rot
Pronunciation: /ˈperət
 
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noun

A bird, often vividly colored, with a short down-curved hooked bill, grasping feet, and a raucous voice, found especially in the tropics and feeding on fruits and seeds. Many are popular as cage birds, and some are able to mimic the human voice.
  • Order Psittaciformes: numerous species, sometimes all placed in the family Psittacidae. The order also contains the cockatoos, lories, lovebirds, macaws, conures, and budgerigars
More example sentences
  • It's been observed in many other bird species besides parrots and macaws, as well as elephants, macaques, giraffes, rhinos and chimpanzees.
  • You can attract birds like eastern rosellas, king parrots, galahs and lorikeets to your garden.
  • Song birds in the mating season seem to sing endlessly, and some birds, such as parrots or lyre birds, can even imitate human speech almost to perfection.

verb (parrots, parroting, parroted)

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Repeat mechanically: encouraging students to parrot back information
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  • The ‘we can increase production’ quote has been parroted repeatedly in the mainstream media with little background or additional information provided.
  • So, while the media was mindlessly parroting that information over and over again, these viewers already understood that it most likely was not true.
  • Asked about writing, she examines the butter dish with interest, before mouthing some sentences like a student parroting poetry.
Synonyms
repeat (mindlessly), repeat mechanically, echo

Origin

early 16th century: probably from dialect French perrot, diminutive of the male given name Pierre 'Peter'. Compare with parakeet.

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