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  1. any of several large, colorful parakeets of the genus Platycercus, of Australia.
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Origin of rosella

First recorded in 1820–30; alteration of Rosehill, district in southeast Australia
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Historical Examples of rosella

  • He was as new as an overnight daisy, and as destructible in Rosella's hands.

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  • And then it was, and thus it was, that Rosella took her resolve.

  • But no stress of weather could have kept Rosella at home that evening.

  • Rosella did not answer when Trevor ceased speaking, and there was a long silence.

  • Rosella said she did not know, for he had made her promise not to try to find out who he was.

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British Dictionary definitions for rosella


  1. any of various Australian parrots of the genus Platycercus, such as P. elegans (crimson rosella), often kept as cage birds
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Word Origin for rosella

C19: probably alteration of Rose-hiller, after Rose Hill, Parramatta, near Sydney
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