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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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 Ever wondered what the world looks like through a cockatoo's eyes? Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "How Does Your Vision Compare to Other Critters in the Animal Kingdom?," 7 June 2018 Sometimes birds outlive their owners, like Chewbacca, an 18-year-old white umbrella cockatoo that was returned to the shop after his elderly owner died. Pam Kragen,, "Escondido bird shop flying the coop after 40 years," 16 Mar. 2018 Think: kangaroos, cockatoos, zebras, camels, to name a few. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "TLC's "Our Wild Life" Draws Mixed Reactions From Viewers," 25 May 2018 The animal handlers brought a variety of animals with them, including a cockatoo, ferret, cockroaches, and a 9-foot-long boa constrictor. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "An Animal Visit From Forest Park Zoo," 2 May 2018 Yet the ferries are crammed with them: Indonesian soldiers returning from a tour in Papua typically pack a few wild cockatoos or lories to sell. The Economist, "Asia’s appetite for endangered species is relentless," 19 Apr. 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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