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budgerigar

[ buhj-uh-ree-gahr, -er-i- ]
/ 藞b蕦d蕭 蓹 ri藢g蓱r, -蓹r 瑟- /
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an Australian parakeet, Melopsittacus undulatus, having greenish plumage with black and yellow markings, bred as a pet in a variety of colors.
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Also budg路er路ee路gah, budg路er路y路gah [buhj-uh-ree-gah]. /藞b蕦d蕭 蓹 ri藢g蓱/.
Also called shell parakeet.

Origin of budgerigar

First recorded in 1840鈥50; perhaps misrepresentation of Kamilaroi or Yuwaalaraay (an Australian Aboriginal language of northern New South Wales) gijirrig膩 (perhaps gijirr 鈥測ellow鈥 or 鈥渟mall鈥 + g膩 鈥渉ead鈥)
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British Dictionary definitions for budgerigar

budgerigar
/ (藞b蕦d蕭蓹r瑟藢伞蓱藧) /

noun
a small green Australian parrot, Melopsittacus undulatus : a popular cagebird that is bred in many different coloured varietiesOften (informal) shortened to: budgie

Word Origin for budgerigar

C19: from a native Australian language
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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