cockatiel

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noun cock·a·tiel \ˈkäk-ə-ˌtēl\

Definition of cockatiel

  1. :  a crested small gray Australian parrot (Nymphicus hollandicus of the family Cacatuidae) with a yellow head

Origin and Etymology of cockatiel

Dutch kaketielje, from Portuguese cacatilha, from cacatua cockatoo


First Known Use: 1877


COCKATIEL Defined for English Language Learners

cockatiel

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noun cock·a·tiel \ˈkäk-ə-ˌtēl\

Definition of cockatiel for English Language Learners

  • : a type of small parrot from Australia that has a yellow head and is often kept as a pet


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