Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small crested Australian parrot (Nymphicus hollandicus) having gray and yellow plumage.

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  • n. A small, rather atypical cockatoo with a distinctive pointed yellow crest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small gray and white Australian parrot (Leptolophus hollandicus, formerly Calopsitta Novæ-Hollandiæ) with a prominent crest; the male has bright yellow cheeks and crest, but the female has only a pale yellow in the face; -- it is so called from its note.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small grey Australian parrot with a yellow crested head

Etymologies

Dutch kaketielje, ultimately from Malay kakatua, cockatoo; see cockatoo.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • ~ A small, rather atypical cockatoo with a distinctive pointed yellow crest. Also called quarrion, quarry hen, and weero.
    ~ From Wiradhuri guwarrayiŋ.

    January 18, 2009

  • Cockatiels aren't endemic here in the North so the one I saw perched up on the phone lines was probably a cage escapee.

    May 20, 2008