[lawr-i-keet, lor-, lawr-uh-keet, lor-]


any of various small lories.

Origin of lorikeet

First recorded in 1765–75; lory + (para)keet
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Historical Examples of lorikeet

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

  • He snatched up the lorikeet and flung it down and as the tiny thing flapped and screamed, broken-winged, stamped it underfoot.

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

    The Malay Archipelago

    Alfred Russell Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for lorikeet



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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