Cockatiel definition

kŏkə-tēl
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A small crested Australian parrot (Nymphicus hollandicus) having gray and yellow plumage.
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A small, crested Australian parrot (Nymphicus hollandicus) with a long tail and yellow head.
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Nymphicus hollandicus, a small, rather atypical cockatoo with a distinctive pointed yellow crest.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cockatiel
Plural:
cockatiels

Origin of cockatiel

  • Dutch kaketielje ultimately from Malay kakatua cockatoo cockatoo

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition