[ lawr-i-keet, lor-, lawr-uh-keet, lor- ]
/ ˈlɔr ɪˌkit, ˈlɒr-, ˌlɔr əˈkit, ˌlɒr- /


any of various small lories.

Words nearby lorikeet

Origin of lorikeet

First recorded in 1765–75; lory + (para)keet
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Examples from the Web for lorikeet

  • A small species of Lorikeet (Trichoglossus flavoviridis) seems to have its nearest ally in Australia.

    The Malay Archipelago|Alfred Russell Wallace
  • He snatched up the lorikeet and flung it down and as the tiny thing flapped and screamed, broken-winged, stamped it underfoot.

  • In one hand he held his rejected coin; in the other the lorikeet's cage and a few trifles wrapped with a kerchief.

British Dictionary definitions for lorikeet

/ (ˈlɒrɪˌkiːt, ˌlɒrɪˈkiːt) /


any of various small lories, such as Glossopsitta versicolor (varied lorikeet) or Trichoglossus moluccanus (rainbow lorikeet)

Word Origin for lorikeet

C18: from lory + -keet, as in parakeet
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