par·a·keet | \ˈper-ə-ˌkēt, ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of parakeet 

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

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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 Meiburg, who is an ornithologist in his life outside of music, recorded the gossip of parakeets and braying of macaws coming from a neighbor’s aviary over the hill. Stephen Humphries,, "In the band Loma, a test of relationships, musical and otherwise," 1 May 2018 On warm days, dine on the patio in front of the enormous tree that’s home to dozens of noisy parakeets. New York Times, "36 Hours in Mendoza, Argentina," 22 Feb. 2018 The apartment itself has simple rooms with high ceilings, while in the foyer there is a yellow parakeet in a matching cage. NBC News, "Refugees called an Olympic venue home while looking for the real thing," 27 May 2018 Travelers can hear the cackling of thousands of parakeets on Parrot Island, go diving near India’s only active volcano at Barren Island, or witness four types of turtles nesting on one beach in Middle Andaman. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Your Next Island Getaway Should Be In India," 14 May 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, ajc, "Video: This woman did CPR on a parakeet and it actually worked," 19 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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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 \

Kids Definition of parakeet

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

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