Major Mitchell's cockatoo

noun Major Mitch·ell's cockatoo
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Major Mitchell cockatoo


Major Mitchell

Definition of Major Mitchell's cockatoo

  1. :  a white Australian cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri synonym Cacatua leadbeateri) with the plumage flushed roseate and a large, showy crest barred yellow and red Two birds with amazing crests are the sulphur-crested cockatoo and the Major Mitchell's cockatoo … — Ranger Rick, September 1985 … past flocks of Major Mitchell cockatoos, which take to the sky in fear, revealing the crimson splash of the underwings. — Bob Reiss, Smithsonian, June 1986 —called also pink cockatoo

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Origin and Etymology of major mitchell's cockatoo

after Major Sir Thomas Mitchell †1855 British explorer in Australia

First Known Use: circa 1898

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