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[pol-ee] /ˈpɒl i/
noun, plural pollies.
a tame parrot.
Also called poll, poll parrot.
Origin of polly
generic use of Polly


[pol-ee] /ˈpɒl i/
a female given name, form of Mary.
a common name for a parrot. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Chip carefully brushed a fly off polly's flank with the whip.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • 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


noun (pl) -lies
an informal word for politician
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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fem. proper name, a rhyming collateral form of Molly, pet form of Mary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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