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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Recent Examples on the Web By contacting the facility and booking an encounter, guests can hang out with grizzly bears; feed lemurs, giraffes and parakeets; and meet a variety of marsupials. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "6 places in Indiana to hang out with wild animals this winter break," 17 Dec. 2019 Long mystery solved: A look into the century-old extinction of North America’s only native parakeet says humans were to blame. National Geographic, "What makes this cardinal so fascinating?," 19 Dec. 2019 Hunters killed the parakeets for their plumage, which was a popular hat accessory in the 20th century. National Geographic, "How humans killed off the only parrot native to the continental U.S.," 12 Dec. 2019 Scientists have debunked the theory that legendary rock star Jimi Hendrix introduced parakeets to the United Kingdom. Claudia Harmata,, "New Study Shows Jimi Hendrix Is Not to Blame for Parakeet Invasion in the United Kingdom," 12 Dec. 2019 The parakeets are also thought to threaten biodiversity in the city by competing for food, and damaging vegetation while building their nests. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Madrid plans 'ethical cull' of city's parakeets," 8 Oct. 2019 For $25, your dog, cat, parakeet, ferret or other animal could become a member of the art establishment and can tag along for trips to the lakeside sculpture garden. Patrick Connolly,, "National Cat Day: Here’s how to celebrate in Orlando," 28 Oct. 2019 The two huge fig trees found here are home to large numbers of frugivorous birds like the Asian koel, white-cheeked barbet, roseringed parakeet, the common myna, and the jungle myna. Bahar Dutt, Quartz India, "Two Indian cities lead the way in transforming concrete jungles into real jungles," 22 Oct. 2019 It wasn’t made clear what specific means officials would use to target the parakeets. Fox News, "Madrid to cull nearly 12,000 invasive parakeets over threats to environment, public safety," 9 Oct. 2019

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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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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Parakeet.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of parakeet

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

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