from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Mechanical, repetitive words used without understanding or consideration.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mechanical state of the mind in which reflective consciousness plays little or no part: alluding to the parrot which remembers and repeats words of which it does not know the sense.
Latin psittaci, "parrot", and -ism. (Wiktionary)