Cockatoo-farmer Definition

noun
1888, William Gordon Stables, From Squire to Squatter, page 182,
“ Does it pay to breed cockatoos ?” said Archie innocently.
“Don′t be the death o′ me, Johnnie. A cockatoo farmer is just a crofter. […] ”
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1911, The Academy, Volume 81, page 415,
This is the dwelling of a cockatoo-farmer, the humble agriculturist who makes the most of his thirty or forty acres of land, […]
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Other Word Forms of Cockatoo-farmer

Noun

Singular:
cockatoo-farmer
Plural:
cockatoo-farmers

Origin of Cockatoo-farmer

  • Probably refers to the practice of working a small patch of land for a short period before moving on, in the manner of a feeding cockatoo. Alternatively so called to compare the farmers with the common sulphur-crested cockatoo, which come down on the newly sown cornfields in myriads.

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