lor·​i·​keet ˈlȯr-ə-ˌkēt How to pronounce lorikeet (audio)
: any of numerous small arboreal chiefly Australasian parrots (family Loriidae) that usually have long slender tongue papillae which form an organ resembling a brush

Examples of lorikeet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cowering and other expressions of anxiety seen in dogs were also observed in baboons, gorillas, giraffes, and flamingos, as well as in parrots and other species of lorikeets. TIME, 25 Mar. 2024 Swim with dolphins, meet sea turtles and lorikeets, paint with sea lions and more. Priscilla Blossom, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Around 40 percent of rainbow lorikeets that present with a severe case of this unexplained paralysis won’t survive. Ayla Gard, Scientific American, 13 June 2023 For now, the priority is figuring out everything the sick lorikeets are eating. Ayla Gard, Scientific American, 13 June 2023 In 2022 Wilson completed a proof-of-concept study with eight lorikeet samples. Ayla Gard, Scientific American, 13 June 2023 Special draws include giraffe feeding, Treetop Trek Aerial Adventures, a kangaroo walkabout and the chance to feed lorikeets. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 17 Feb. 2023 No more volunteering or group lunches, nothing really, beyond the backyard of their home in Geelong, outside Melbourne, where socializing was reduced to a tree filled with rainbow lorikeets. Damien Cave, New York Times, 25 Mar. 2020 Relentlessly chirpy, the noisy miner blasts the alarm before dawn alongside the screeching and flapping of rainbow lorikeets, parrots brighter than Magic Markers and that argue like toddlers. New York Times, 21 Sep. 2019

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Word History


lory + -keet (as in parakeet)

First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lorikeet was in 1770

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“Lorikeet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lorikeet. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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