from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To repeat or imitate, especially without understanding.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. A puffin.
- n. Channel coal.
- v. To repeat (exactly what has just been said) without necessarily showing understanding, in the manner of a parrot.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In a general sense, any bird of the order Psittaci.
- n. 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.
- intransitive v. To chatter like a parrot.
- transitive v. To repeat by rote, without understanding, as a parrot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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. Any bird of the family Psittacidæ or order Psittaci; a zygodactyl scansorial bird with a cered and hooked bill.
- n. Hence A mere repeater of the words or actions of another
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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Kristen, the parrot is a weak moment that my Dh capatilized on.
Luciano Cheles has observed that the parrot is an attribute of Mercury, the god of eloquence: It is tempting to argue that Rhetoric has been symbolized ... by the twin motif of the cage with the parrots, and the clock.
To compare him to a parrot is an insult to parrots and a compliment to dittoheads.
Update: Churhill's kids say that the parrot is a fake: His daughter, Lady Soames, 82, told The Scotsman: 'I'm fed up with this story that my father taught it rude words.
He just sounds like a Griffin parrot on Shuttle, the gap, Chinese, etc.
That parrot is definitely deceased, and when I bought it not half an hour ago, you assured me that its total lack of movement was due to it being tired and shagged out after a long squawk.
Mr Ferlazzo, 50, said he bought the parrot from a pet shop in Harlow, Essex, in 1984 and spent months training him to make him tame.
Surely not as cool as the Obama-talkin 'parrot .....
He curls his little arms over my shoulder and grips me with his little fists of steel; trying to remove him from his perch on my body is like trying to loose a recalcitrant parrot from a branch made entirely of crackers and peanut butter.