noun \ˈper-ət, ˈpa-rət\

: a bright-colored tropical bird that has a curved bill and the ability to imitate speech

Full Definition of PARROT

:  any of numerous widely distributed tropical birds (order Psittaciformes and especially family Psittacidae) that are often crested and brightly colored, have a distinctive stout hooked bill and zygodactyl feet, and include some excellent mimics
:  a person who sedulously echoes another's words
parrot adjective

Origin of PARROT

probably modification of Middle French perroquet
First Known Use: circa 1525

Rhymes with PARROT



: to repeat (something, such as words, ideas, etc.) without understanding the meaning

Full Definition of PARROT

transitive verb
:  to repeat by rote

Examples of PARROT

  1. Some of the students were just parroting what the teacher said.
  2. <the toddler parroted everything her father said, often to the latter's embarrassment>

First Known Use of PARROT


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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus).—Bruce Coleman Ltd.

Any of the 333 species of birds in the family Psittacidae. About 220 species of true parrots (subfamily Psittacinae) are found worldwide in warm regions (see parakeet). Many are brilliantly coloured. They have a blunt tongue and eat seeds, buds, and some fruit and insects. Their vocal apparatus permits many species to mimic human speech with great accuracy. The African gray parrot (Psittacus erithacus), intelligent and a particularly good talker, is about 13 in. (33 cm) long and is gray except for a red tail and white face; it lives up to 80 years. The 31 species of Amazon parrots (genus Amazona), also good mimics, are 10–16 in. (25–40 cm) long and predominantly green. Four other subfamilies are found chiefly around New Zealand and Australia, as are the cockatoos and cockatiel (family Cacatuidae); these are often considered parrots as well because they are classified with Psittacidae in the order Psittaciformes. See also kea; lovebird; macaw.


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