budgerigar

noun
bud·​ger·​i·​gar | \ ˈbə-jə-rē-ˌgär How to pronounce budgerigar (audio) \

Definition of budgerigar

: a small Australian parrot (Melopsittacus undulatus) usually light green with black and yellow markings in the wild but bred under domestication in many colors

Examples of budgerigar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Compared to, say, a parrot or a budgerigar, scrub jays—which are known for their long tail and beautiful blue coloring—are rarely domesticated, and don’t often interact with humans. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 16 Mar. 2021 Indeed, these plant lovers have the same emotional connection to flora that the Young and the Houseless used to have to fauna like beagles, Siamese cats, budgerigars and, in certain highly unusual cases, Rottweilers. Joe Queenan, WSJ, 26 July 2018 Meanwhile, Yoshimasa Seki of the Brain Science Institute in Japan and his team successfully trained budgerigars (parakeets) to peck an LED in time to a wide range of tempos. Quanta Magazine, 22 Mar. 2016 Meanwhile, Yoshimasa Seki of the Brain Science Institute in Japan and his team successfully trained budgerigars (parakeets) to peck an LED in time to a wide range of tempos. Quanta Magazine, 22 Mar. 2016 Indeed, these plant lovers have the same emotional connection to flora that the Young and the Houseless used to have to fauna like beagles, Siamese cats, budgerigars and, in certain highly unusual cases, Rottweilers. Joe Queenan, WSJ, 26 July 2018 Outback pools draw immense swarms of parakeets called budgerigars. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of budgerigar

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for budgerigar

modification of Yuwaalaraay (Australian aboriginal language of northern New South Wales) gijirrigaa

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“Budgerigar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/budgerigar. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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budgerigar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of budgerigar

: a small, usually light green and yellow bird that is often kept as a pet

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