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
  • n.

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


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

Probably from French dialectal Perrot, diminutive of Pierre, Peter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.



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    "Silver's parrot?" asked the squire.

    "It's a way of speaking," said the captain. "Blabbed, I mean."

    Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island (1883), ch. 9

    February 10, 2019

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    June 27, 2007

  • Good to know. :-)

    The larch. The larch. The larch. Hmm...doesn't work unless there's sound.

    June 27, 2007

  • Perched in a larch.

    June 27, 2007

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    June 27, 2007

  • Why dead? Monty Python?

    June 27, 2007

  • As in the dead variety.

    June 27, 2007