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Origin of parrot
- Probably from French dialectal Perrot diminutive of Pierre Peter
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 parrocchetto. The relationship between these various words is disputed. Replaced earlier popinjay.
- Variant of Parrott.