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polly

[pol-ee]
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noun, plural pol·lies.
  1. a tame parrot.

Origin of polly

generic use of Polly
Also called poll, poll parrot.

Polly

[pol-ee]
noun
  1. a female given name, form of Mary.
  2. a common name for a parrot.
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Examples from the Web for polly

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  • Chip carefully brushed a fly off Polly's flank with the whip.

  • It was little to give out of a full and happy day; but Polly had nothing.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • And whether she died, or whether she got well and forgot Polly, none of us ever heard.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • Life in general seems to have treated Polly in somewhat the same way.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • There I found Polly, who had an air of calling everything in the house her own.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow


British Dictionary definitions for polly

polly

noun plural -lies
  1. an informal word for politician
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for polly

Polly

fem. proper name, a rhyming collateral form of Molly, pet form of Mary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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