American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to, resembling, or characteristic of parrots.
- adj. Of or belonging to the family Psittacidae, which includes the parrots, macaws, and parakeets.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Parrot-like; resembling or related to parrots; of or pertaining to the Psittaci or Psïttacidæ in any sense; psittacomorphic. Also psittacean, psittaceous, psittacid.
- Ancient Greek ψιττακός (psittakos). (Wiktionary)
- Latin psittacīnus, from psittacus, parrot, from Greek psittakos. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As we digest the probability that the House of Commons will vote to ratify the EU Constitution without a single shred of democratic legitimacy, even the Guardian, which can normally be relied upon to peddle the Party Line in as psittacine a manner as it can manage, has felt moved to object to the present undemocratic outrage being perpetrated by Labour.”
“Usually it is those who seek the gratification of personal glory as well as the sound of the cash register who pump themselves full of this or that chemical, preferably one hitherto unknown to science so that the authorities, who religiously trot out the psittacine mantra that this is the most drug-free Olympics ever, are left flat-footed in their wake.”
“Thus, Irene writes in her book The Alex Studies, “the failure to document complex psittacine communication in the wild might be just that—a human failure, not a lack of capacity in parrots.””
“Jim Murphy, HMG's Europe Minster, a peddlar of the particularly psittacine mantra about the constitutional concept being abandoned, has written a defence of the EU Constitution here for the Spectator.”
“He has recited the psittacine mantra “The constitutional concept has been abandoned” so often that he has come to believe it.”
“Almost the only positive thing he can do is repeat, almost ad nauseam, the psittacine mantras of how wonderful everything has been since 1997 and financial stability.”
“And telling us that they have binned the anthem and the flag and the word ‘constitution’ will not do, nor will trotting out the singularly psittacine mantra of 'the constitutional concept is abandoned'.”
“GROS: This gorgeous hyacinth macaw, the largest psittacine in the world is a spectacular example of why we need to continue to save the rainforest.”
“Enter the nerdy ornithologist Tulio Rodrigo Santoro, who persuades Linda to ship her psittacine buddy back to Brazil for the betterment of his dwindling species.”
“The incidence of infection in canaries and finches is believed to be lower than in psittacine birds.”
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