par·​a·​keet | \ ˈper-ə-ˌkēt How to pronounce parakeet (audio) , ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of parakeet

: any of numerous usually small slender parrots with a long graduated tail

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Here's how flying with dogs, cats, parakeets, porcupines and more will change in 2019: More fliers will travel with their pets. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Flying With Pets Will Change in 2019," 14 Dec. 2018 From parakeets to horses, pretty much every animal with feathers or fur has dander, Alice Hoyt, M.D., an allergist in the allergy and clinical immunology department at Cleveland Clinic, tells SELF. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Here Are 9 Ways to Deal With a Pet Allergy If You Love Animals," 30 Nov. 2018 And the Taliban fills the power vacuum with guns, bloody-minded theology and wild prohibitions against longstanding family habits like sending girls to school and keeping pet parakeets. Brendan Kiley, The Seattle Times, "For all its horrors, ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ at Seattle Rep feels uncomfortably comforting," 15 Oct. 2018 But for Garcia, it’s more about sensual strokes of scarlet, violet, and cobalt; wallpapers and bathtubs edged in gold; and an aviary of faux birds, from parakeets to peacocks. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Jacques Garcia Turned an Old Church into London's Hottest Hotel," 23 Aug. 2018 This all started with a public complaint, now cockatoos, parakeets and more are being removed from the home. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "More than 600 birds removed from suburban Ohio home, workers say," 15 Aug. 2018 The shelter is accepting donations for food for the surviving animals, which include cockatiels, parakeets, lovebirds and Macaws; hamsters, gerbils, mice, degus and rabbits, the Voice reported. Marwa Eltagouri, ajc, "Sign said pet store was closed for maintenance, but inside were 41 dead animals," 30 May 2018 Like the parakeets, the dioramas are too easy a metaphor. Leslie Kendall Dye, Longreads, "City on a Hill," 23 June 2018 Steiner was hanging out at her friends’ house when one of the friends, Rebecca Figueroa, noticed her bright yellow pet parakeet, Tweety, was lying facedown in a food bowl. Allison Klein, Washington Post, "This woman did CPR on a parakeet. Her friend took a video.," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of parakeet

1538, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parakeet

Spanish & Middle French; Spanish periquito, from Middle French perroquet parrot

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The first known use of parakeet was in 1538

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English Language Learners Definition of parakeet

: a small, brightly colored tropical bird that has a long tail and that is often kept as a pet


par·​a·​keet | \ ˈper-ə-ˌkēt How to pronounce parakeet (audio) \

Kids Definition of parakeet

: a small parrot that has a long tail and is sometimes kept as a caged bird

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