cock·​a·​too | \ ˈkä-kə-ˌtü How to pronounce cockatoo (audio) \
plural cockatoos

Definition of cockatoo

: any of various large noisy chiefly Australasian crested parrots (family Cacatuidae and especially genus Cacatua)

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However, some of the more unique tasks have included helping to plan an anniversary surprise and even helping a customer find a lost pet cockatoo. Renee Morad, NBC News, "How TaskRabbit's Stacy Brown-Philpot is creating one of the most diverse workforces in Silicon Valley," 8 Aug. 2019 For those tempted by Snowball's charm to adopt their own dancing cockatoo, Patel advises caution. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Snowball the dancing cockatoo has wide range of killer moves, new study finds," 8 July 2019 Snowball’s story began in 2007, reports Ed Yong at The Atlantic, when the cockatoo’s original owner surrendered him to the Bird Lovers Only rescue center in Dyer, Indiana. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "What This Head-Banging, Body-Rolling Cockatoo Teaches Us About the Evolution of Dance," 11 July 2019 Researchers say that a cockatoo who became famous a decade ago for boogieing to the Backstreet Boys does more than just bob his head and lift his feet to the music. Martin Finucane,, "Researchers investigate why only humans and parrots can boogie-oogie-oogie," 9 July 2019 Even still, virtually none of the movements were what anyone would consider natural for a cockatoo. Author: Jason Bittel, Anchorage Daily News, "Snowball the cockatoo taught himself 14 dance moves, scientists say," 9 July 2019 Melody Rawson left her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, arriving at the Georgia speedway with two dogs and a cockatoo, and a couple of coolers holding some sandwich meat. Jeff Martin, Fox News, "Speedways, makeshift shelters offer rest to storm evacuees," 13 Sep. 2018 Evacuees also loaded up their vehicles with extra gas cans, their pets — mostly dogs, and one cockatoo — coolers filled with sandwich meat, family photographs and blankets. Fox News, "WHAT'S HAPPENING: Hurricane Florence looms over East Coast," 13 Sep. 2018 Traffic on a road in Cairns, Australia was going smoothly so there was nothing to see, except for the curious cockatoo that was checking out a traffic camera, 9 News reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Birdie traffic selfie: Cockatoo inspects traffic camera, wins the web," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of cockatoo

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cockatoo

Dutch kaketoe, from Malay kakatua

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English Language Learners Definition of cockatoo

: a type of large parrot from Australia that has a large colorful bunch of feathers on top of its head


cock·​a·​too | \ ˈkä-kə-ˌtü How to pronounce cockatoo (audio) \
plural cockatoos

Kids Definition of cockatoo

: a large, noisy, and usually brightly colored crested parrot mostly of Australia

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