[ buhj-uh-ree-gahr, -er-i- ]
/ ˈbʌdʒ ə riˌgɑr, -ər ɪ- /
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·er·ee·gah, budg·er·y·gah [buhj-uh-ree-gah]. /ˈbʌdʒ ə riˌgɑ/.
Also called shell parakeet.
Origin of budgerigar
First recorded in 1840–50; perhaps misrepresentation of Kamilaroi or Yuwaalaraay (an Australian Aboriginal language of northern New South Wales) gijirrigā (perhaps gijirr “yellow” or “small” + gā “head”)
Words nearby budgerigar
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British Dictionary definitions for budgerigar
/ (ˈbʌdʒərɪˌɡɑː) /
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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