American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous tropical and semitropical birds of the order Psittaciformes, characterized by a short hooked bill, brightly colored plumage, and, in some species, the ability to mimic human speech or other sounds.
- n. One who imitates the words or actions of another, especially without understanding them.
- v. To repeat or imitate, especially without understanding.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any bird of the family Psittacidæ or order Psittaci; a zygodactyl scansorial bird with a cered and hooked bill. Parrot is the general name of all such birds, various kinds of them being called
cockatoos, macaws, parrakeets, lories, and by many other more specific names. When used in a stricter sense, it usually refers to Old World birds of moderate or rather large size, of stout build, with strong beak, fleshy tongue, and short square tail, as in the restricted genus Psittacus, of which the African P. erythacus, of a gray color with a bright-red tail, is a characteristic example and one of the commonest of cage-birds. The natural cries of parrots are, as a rule, extremely loud and harsh; but many of the fleshy-tongued species can be taught to articulate words and even sentences in a perfectly intelligible manner. Most parrots are expert climbers, and in scrambling about use the bill as well as the feet, the upper mandible being peculiarly movable. The tongue in some species is also used as an organ of touch, almost of prehension, objects being often held and handled between the tip of the tongue and the hook of the beak. These birds are mostly vegetarian, feeding upon seeds and especially soft fruits, but some are carnivorous. Their temper is uncertain, though several kinds exhibit the most affectionate and gentle disposition, at least toward one another. In size and shape parrots differ greatly, more than is usual among the representatives of any one family of birds: some of the smallest species are no larger than sparrows, as those of the genus Nasiterna, while the great macaws attain a length of about three feet. Their coloration is equally diversified: some are black or gray; some are snowy-white; green is the most characteristic color; yellow, red, and blue, often of the most brilliant tone, are very common; and many parrots are variegated with all these colors. The sexes are usually colored alike. Gaudiness of coloration reaches its extreme in the macaws, while the most beautiful and dainty tinting is common among the lories, and plain or somber shades are exceptional throughout the order. Of parrots of all kinds there are about 350 species, classed in from 25 to 100 genera according to the views of different ornithologists. They abound in all tropical countries, but seldom extend into temperate countries, except Australia and New Zealand. In round numbers, the geographical distribution of parrots is as follows: America is richest in species, having 150, only one of which occurs in the United States, though two or three others come nearly or quite to the Mexican border; the Moluccas and Papuan islands have 80 species, Australia 60, and Polynesia 30; 25 are African; and 20 are peculiar to Asia. See also cuts tinder cockatoo, Conurus, corella, Euphema, macaw, Melopsittacus, and parrakeet.
- n. Hence A mere repeater of the words or actions of another
- To say or repeat by rote or not understandingly, like a parrot; repeat mechanically; also, to imitate like a parrot.
- To chatter as a parrot.
- To repeat, parrot-like, what one has heard or been taught.
- n. A kind of bird, many species of which are colourful and able to mimic human speech.
- n. A parroter; a person who repeats what was just said.
- n. archaic A puffin.
- n. geology, obsolete Channel coal.
- v. transitive To repeat (exactly what has just been said) without necessarily showing understanding, in the manner of a parrot.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) In a general sense, any bird of the order Psittaci.
- n. (Zoöl.) Any species of Psittacus, Chrysotis, Pionus, and other genera of the family
Psittacidæ, as distinguished from the parrakeets, macaws, and lories. They have a short rounded or even tail, and often a naked space on the cheeks. The gray parrot, or jako (Psittacus erithacus) of Africa (see Jako), and the species of Amazon, or green, parrots (Chrysotis) of America, are examples. Many species, as cage birds, readily learn to imitate sounds, and to repeat words and phrases.
- v. To repeat by rote, without understanding, as a parrot.
- v. To chatter like a parrot.
- v. repeat mindlessly
- n. a copycat who does not understand the words or acts being imitated
- n. usually brightly colored zygodactyl tropical birds with short hooked beaks and the ability to mimic sounds
- First attested in 1525. From Middle French perrot, either a diminutive of Pierre or a shortened form of perroquet. Compare French pierrot and Occitan parrat. A number of origins have been suggested for perroquet, such as Spanish periquito and Italian parrochetto. The relationship between these various words is disputed. Replaced earlier popinjay. (Wiktionary)
- Probably from French dialectal Perrot, diminutive of Pierre, Peter. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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