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cockatiel

or cock·a·teel

[ kok-uh-teel ]
/ ˌkɒk əˈtil /
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noun
a small, crested, long-tailed Australian parrot, Nymphicus hollandicus, often kept as a pet.

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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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