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rosella

[roh-zel-uh]
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noun
  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

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

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

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

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

  • Rosella did as she was told, but the ogress was so angry she was going to eat her.

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British Dictionary definitions for rosella

rosella

noun
  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

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