Parakeet meaning

părə-kēt
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Any of various small slender parrots, usually having long tapering tails and often kept as pets.
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Any of various small, slender parrots with a long, tapering tail.
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A member of any of the various species of small parrots usually bred in Australia and Africa. [from 16th c.]
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Origin of parakeet

  • Spanish periquito probably diminutive of Perico diminutive of Pedro Peter

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

  • From Middle French perroquet, probably a diminutive form of the personal name Pierre; some variant forms perhaps via Italian parrocchetto, Spanish periquito.

    From Wiktionary