Definition of cockatoo
: any of various large noisy chiefly Australasian crested parrots (family Cacatuidae and especially genus Cacatua)
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News station CBS2 says the 12-week-old Goffin’s cockatoo was taken Saturday from For Birds Only, a store in Mineola (min-ee-OH’-lah).
Measurements of the motion provided a model that, adjusted for size differences, predicted the mid-air turn motions of four insect species, a cockatoo, a hummingbird and a bat.
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Origin and Etymology of cockatoo
Dutch kaketoe, from Malay kakatua
First Known Use: 1634
COCKATOO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cockatoo for English Language Learners
: a type of large parrot from Australia that has a large colorful bunch of feathers on top of its head
COCKATOO Defined for Kids
Definition of cockatoo for Students
: a large, noisy, and usually brightly colored crested parrot mostly of Australia
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