variants: or parakeet \ ˈparəˌkēt also ˈper-​ sometimes ˌ⸗⸗ˈ⸗ How to pronounce parrakeet (audio) , usually -​ēt+V How to pronounce parrakeet (audio) \ or less commonly paroquet or parroquet \ -​ket , usually -​et+V \
plural -s

Definition of parrakeet

1a : any of numerous usually rather small slender parrots with a long graduated tail — see carolina parrakeet , grass parrakeet
b : puffin

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First Known Use of parrakeet

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for parrakeet

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

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“Parrakeet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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