- of or relating to parrots.
Origin of psittacine
1870–75; < Latin psittacinus < Greek psittákinos. equivalent to psittak(ós) parrot + -inos ine1
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- of, relating to, or resembling a parrot
C19: from Late Latin psittacīnus, from Latin psittacus a parrot
Word Origin and History for psittacine
"pertaining to parrots," 1826, from Latin psittacinus, from psittacus "parrot," from Greek psittakos "a parrot," said to be a foreign word.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to, resembling, or characteristic of parrots.
- Of or belonging to the family Psittacidae, which includes the parrots, macaws, and parakeets.