American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A parakeet (Melopsittacus undulatus) native to Australia and having green, yellow, or blue plumage. It is a popular cage bird bred in a variety of colors not found in wild populations. Also called shell parakeet.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An Australian name of the grass-parrakeet, Melopsittacus undulatus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. small Australian parakeet (Melopsittacus undulatus) usually light green with black and yellow markings in the wild but bred in many colors.
- n. small Australian parakeet usually light green with black and yellow markings in the wild but bred in many colors
- From Gamilaraay gijirrigaa. (Wiktionary)
- Probably alteration of Kamilaroi (Aboriginal language of southeast Australia) gijirrigaa. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Peter and Vicky have about 30 birds; quail, Eastern Rosella, Cockatoos, parakeets (called budgerigar) here) red browed finches and the brightest-colored canary I've ever seen.”
“In the living room of his London home, film-maker Jamie Thraves is attempting to return to its cage a china-blue budgerigar named Sparky, which has taken up residence on the frame of a mirror.”
“Given the way things have gone so far during this awards season I think it's a fair bet to say that everybody and their pet budgerigar will be ticking the box next to Mo'Nique's grammatically-bonkers name.”
“Ophelia remembered her father telling her a tale he had invented when she was very young about a tiny pink pill that miniaturized the swallower to such an extent that he or she was able to fly on the back of a budgerigar.9 According to Tom Maschler, Roald first started talking to him about The Minpins in the early 1980s, but had then put it aside.”
“A study conducted at the University of California, Irvine, found that a female budgerigar prefers to mate with a male that sounds like her.”
“Yep--go check out the comment section of the budgerigar entry.”
“When I was young and living at home, we had a budgerigar that lived in a cage that hung on a wrought iron stand.”
“Well, I know pelicans and swans but I wouldn't know a grebe from a budgerigar.”
“Pepperberg, who grew up with common budgerigar parakeets as company, began her work after seeing early episodes of Nova that showed language work performed with other types of animals.”
“Katie had ceased petting the blue budgerigar, and she watched the bird as he slowly regained his senses.”
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discovered while reading this book.
Words I heard there. Or from Australians.
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