cockatiel

or cock·a·teel

[ kok-uh-teel ]
/ ˌkɒk əˈtil /

noun

a small, crested, long-tailed Australian parrot, Nymphicus hollandicus, often kept as a pet.

Nearby words

  1. cockade,
  2. cockaigne,
  3. cockalorum,
  4. cockamamie,
  5. cockapoo,
  6. cockatoo,
  7. cockatrice,
  8. cockayne,
  9. cockayne's syndrome,
  10. cockboat

Origin of cockatiel

1875–80; < Dutch kaketielje, < Portuguese cacatilha, equivalent to cacat(ua) cockatoo + -ilha < Latin -illa diminutive suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for cockatiel

cockatiel

cockateel

/ (ˌkɒkəˈtiːl) /

noun

a crested Australian parrot, Leptolophus hollandicus, having a greyish-brown and yellow plumage

Word Origin for cockatiel

C19: from Dutch kaketielje, from Portuguese cacatilha a little cockatoo, from cacatua cockatoo

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