monk parakeet


: a South American green and gray parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) that is kept as a cage bird and has become established in several wild breeding populations in the U.S. from escaped stock

Examples of monk parakeet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One in 10 breeding bird species is nonnative (57 in total), and 39 of these arrived in the past 30 years, including the ring-necked parakeet, monk parakeet, and Egyptian goose, which are all likely to be expanding their territories. Phoebe Weston, Wired, 12 Dec. 2020 The cold, harsh winters of cities like Chicago, New York, and Seattle are no match for the tiny monk parakeet. Jennifer Uehling, National Geographic, 30 May 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of monk parakeet was circa 1925

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“Monk parakeet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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