psittacine

[ sit-uh-sahyn, -sin ]
/ ˈsɪt əˌsaɪn, -sɪn /

adjective

of or relating to parrots.

Nearby words

  1. psilomelane,
  2. psilosis,
  3. psilotic,
  4. psionic,
  5. psis,
  6. psittacinite,
  7. psittacism,
  8. psittacosis,
  9. psi′ particle,
  10. psk

Origin of psittacine

1870–75; < Latin psittacinus < Greek psittákinos. equivalent to psittak(ós) parrot + -inos ine1

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British Dictionary definitions for psittacine

psittacine

/ (ˈsɪtəˌsaɪn, -sɪn) /

adjective

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

psittacine

adj.

"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

Medicine definitions for psittacine

psittacine

[ sĭtə-sīn′ ]

adj.

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

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