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

Origin of rosella

First recorded in 1820–30; alteration of Rosehill, district in southeast Australia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

Word Origin for rosella

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