Definition of lorikeet in English:

lorikeet

Line breaks: lori|keet
Pronunciation: /ˈlɒrɪkiːt
 
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noun

1A small bird of the lory family, found chiefly in New Guinea.
  • Charmosyna and other genera, family Loridae (or Psittacidae): several species
More example sentences
  • Active fast flying lorikeets and big birds such as cockatoos and macaws should be in a large flight aviary.
  • The introduction of exotic diseases and trapping for the pet bird trade are also responsible for the declining numbers of lorikeets in the wild.
  • On a leafless European tree, not more than ten yards from my window, are sitting upwards of thirty lorikeets.
1.1 Australian term for lory.
More example sentences
  • However our parrots, such as lorikeets and rosellas, need weather proof nesting boxes for natural hollow logs fixed a minimum of 3 meters from the ground.
  • Rainbow lorikeets were introduced probably through aviary release.
  • The colour combination of pale bill, dusky red tail, red on face and red under wings distinguishes the parrot from lorikeets.

Origin

late 18th century: diminutive of lory, on the pattern of parakeet.

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