lor·i·keet | \ˈlȯr-ə-ˌkēt, 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

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For those who want a hands-on experience, for $1, there is lorikeet feeding. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Broward County: Where serenity comes in the form of butterflies," 6 May 2018 There’s nothing like a swarm of lorikeets to brighten your day. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Broward County: Where serenity comes in the form of butterflies," 6 May 2018 Rainbow lorikeets and bright pink galah cockatoos flitted between eucalyptus trees and banksia blossoms that resembled giant yellow and orange candles. Margo Pfeiff, latimes.com, "Coastal road trip in Western Australia is a dream come true," 25 Feb. 2018 The startling screeches of rainbow lorikeets and black cockatoos followed, like an alarm with the snooze button maddeningly out of reach. George Epaminondas, WSJ, "Montauk Meets Malibu: Australia’s Eco-Chic Byron Bay," 13 Apr. 2017

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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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