[buhj-uh-ree-gahr, -er-i-]
  1. an Australian parakeet, Melopsittacus undulatus, having greenish plumage with black and yellow markings, bred as a pet in a variety of colors.
Also budg·er·ee·gah, budg·er·y·gah [buhj-uh-ree-gah] /ˈbʌdʒ ə riˌgɑ/.

Origin of budgerigar

1840–50; perhaps misrepresentation of Kamilaroi or Yuwaalaraay (Austral Aboriginal language of N New South Wales) gijirrigā (perhaps gijirr yellow or small + head)
Also called shell parakeet.
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British Dictionary definitions for budgerigar


  1. 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
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Word Origin and History for budgerigar

1847, from Native Australian, said to mean "good cockatoo," from budgeri "good" + gar "cockatoo."

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