- any of numerous small, slender parrots, usually having a long, pointed, graduated tail, often kept as pets and noted for the ability to mimic speech: several species are endangered.
Origin of parakeet
Examples from the Web for parroquet
It was answered by a demure-looking waiter, with a face like a parroquet.In the Days of My Youth
Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
Dr. Kelaart states that it is the only parroquet of the Neuera-ellia range.Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon
J. Emerson Tennent
Paroquet, Parroquet, par′o-ket, n. a small long-tailed tropical and subtropical parrot.
Among other divinities a species of parroquet, with 212 flaming plumage, called the ara, was worshiped in some districts.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 2
Hubert Howe Bancroft
This Parroquet is a bird of the interior, and was spread over the whole of it in greater or less numbers.Expedition into Central Australia
- any of numerous small usually brightly coloured long-tailed parrots, such as Psittacula krameri (ring-necked parakeet), of Africa
Word Origin and History for parroquet
1620s, from Spanish perquito; earlier English form parroket (1580s) is from Middle French paroquet, from Old French paroquet (14c.), which is said by etymologists of French to be from Italian parrocchetto, literally "little priest," from parroco "parish priest," from Church Latin parochus (see parish), or parrucchetto, diminutive of parrucca "peruke, periwig," in reference to the head plumage.
The Spanish form, meanwhile, is sometimes said to be a diminutive of Perico, familiar form of Pedro "Peter," and the Old French word is likewise perhaps from or influenced by a diminutive of Pierre "Peter." The relations of the Spanish and Italian forms, and the influence of folk etymology on either or both, are uncertain.