lorikeet

noun
lor·​i·​keet | \ ˈlȯr-ə-ˌkēt How to pronounce lorikeet (audio) , ˈlär- \

Definition of lorikeet

: 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 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, "Shutting Themselves Inside to Avoid Being a Burden to Others," 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, "Sydney Is for the Birds. The Bigger and Bolder, the Better.," 21 Sep. 2019 Hello, rainbow lorikeets, and welcome back to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, July 26 Edition," 26 July 2019 Hello, rainbow lorikeets, and welcome back to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, July 26 Edition," 26 July 2019 Hello, rainbow lorikeets, and welcome back to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, July 26 Edition," 26 July 2019 Hello, rainbow lorikeets, and welcome back to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, July 26 Edition," 26 July 2019 Hello, rainbow lorikeets, and welcome back to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, July 26 Edition," 26 July 2019 Hello, rainbow lorikeets, and welcome back to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, July 26 Edition," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of lorikeet

1770, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lorikeet

lory + -keet (as in parakeet)

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“Lorikeet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lorikeet. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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