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parrot

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Pronunciation: /ˈparət
 
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Definition of parrot in English:

noun

A bird, often vividly coloured, with a short downcurved 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.
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
More example sentences
  • 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, repeat mechanically, echo, say again

Origin

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

More
  • The original English term for a parrot was popinjay. This came from French papingay which came, via Spanish, from Arabic babbaga, which may have been formed in imitation of the bird's cry. The ending of the French word was altered to resemble the name of the bird, the jay. The change to a term for a conceited, vain person came in the early 16th century. The origin of the word parrot may lie in the tendency to give pet birds human names. The word, recorded in the early 16th century, could represent French Pierrot, a pet form of Pierre ‘Peter’. People often address a pet bird as ‘Pretty Polly’, and the name Polly has been used to mean ‘a parrot’ since the early 19th century, while Poll is first recorded as a parrot's name in 1600. The word parakeet [M16th] may be a similar formation based on the Spanish given name Pedro, also ‘Peter’. Alternatively it may have come via Italian from a word meaning ‘little wig’, referring to the bird's head plumage. See also moon

Words that rhyme with parrot

carat, carrot, claret, garret, karat

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