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

Examples of parakeet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The animals, which were all legal to own, included fish, geckos, anoles, chinchillas, parakeets, cockatiels, a rabbit, rats, a ball python, a European glass lizard, hamsters, a frog, and a water dragon. Gage Miskimen, USA TODAY, "More than 100 exotic animals found hoarded in Iowa apartment — many of them dead," 15 Aug. 2019 Wallacavage, who has always loved birds, also opens the room to a rotating collection of live, stray fowl — mostly parakeets — in the fashion of a Victorian menagerie. Lizzie Feidelson, New York Times, "An Artist’s Gothic Townhouse, Filled With Octopus-Shaped Lamps," 25 Mar. 2020 Animal rescue officials with Montgomery County said chickens, roosters, rabbits, ducks, parakeets, potbelly pigs, cats and dogs were found living at the home – some in rooms covered in dirt, urine and feces. Fox News, "Nearly 200 animals rescued from Texas home, including rabbits, turkeys, exotic birds," 24 Jan. 2020 Approximately 191 animals ranging from cats and dogs to geese, turkeys, parakeets and an iguana were seized Jan. 21 from a home located in the 2700 block of Leichester Drive in the Fox Run subdivision, the Chronicle reported. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Houston SPCA in need of adopters after earning custody of 100+ animals from 'toxic' Spring home," 31 Jan. 2020 Others blame musician Jimi Hendrix, who purportedly released two parakeets on Carnaby Street in London in 1968. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Contrary to Popular Legend, Jimi Hendrix Did Not Introduce an Invasive Parakeet to the U.K.," 12 Dec. 2019 The plan is expected to start next year, with a cost ranging between $6 and $9 for each parakeet – a sum that could add up to $110,000, El Pais reported. Fox News, "Madrid to cull nearly 12,000 invasive parakeets over threats to environment, public safety," 9 Oct. 2019 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

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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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“Parakeet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 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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