parakeet

EnglishEdit

 
A rose-ringed parakeet

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French perroquet, probably a diminutive form of the personal name Pierre; some variant forms perhaps via Italian parrocchetto, Spanish periquito.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpaɹəkiːt/, /paɹəˈkiːt/
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NounEdit

parakeet (plural parakeets)

  1. Any of various species of small parrot primarily of tropical regions. [from 16th c.]

Usage notesEdit

The common parakeet kept as a pet is called the budgie or budgerigar in Commonwealth nations.

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