variants or parakeet or less commonly paroquet or parroquet
usually -et+V
plural -s
: any of numerous usually rather small slender parrots with a long graduated tail see carolina parrakeet , grass parrakeet
: puffin

Word History


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

First Known Use

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of parrakeet was in 1538

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“Parrakeet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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