umbrella cockatoo

noun

: a white cockatoo (Cacatua alba) native to Indonesia that has a long, broad, white crest resembling an umbrella when raised and that is often kept as a pet
Sidney is a 20-month-old, foot-tall white umbrella cockatoo with yellow markings under each wing and its tail. Store manager Dana Adams says only the bird knows whether it's a male or female.Larry Powell, The Dallas Morning News, 12 Jan. 2001

called also white cockatoo

Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of umbrella cockatoo was in 1931

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“Umbrella cockatoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/umbrella%20cockatoo. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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