[sit-uh-sahyn, -sin]

Origin of psittacine

1870–75; < Latin psittacinus < Greek psittákinos. equivalent to psittak(ós) parrot + -inos ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for psittacine


  1. of, relating to, or resembling a parrot

Word Origin for psittacine

C19: from Late Latin psittacīnus, from Latin psittacus a parrot
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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.

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psittacine in Medicine


  1. Relating to, resembling, or characteristic of parrots.
  2. Of or belonging to the family Psittacidae, which includes the parrots, macaws, and parakeets.
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