• WordNet 3.6
    • n parrakeet any of numerous small slender long-tailed parrots
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Parrakeet (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of small parrots having a graduated tail, which is frequently very long; -- called also paroquet and paraquet.☞ Many of the Asiatic and Australian species belong to the genus Paleornis; others belong to Polytelis Platycercus Psephotus Euphema, and allied genera. The American parrakeets mostly belong to the genus Conurus, as the Carolina parrakeet (Conurus Carolinensis).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n parrakeet A parrot; especially, a small parrot; one of many different birds of the family Psittacidæ distinguished from macaws, cockatoos, lories, and certain parrots proper. The parrots most frequently called parrakeets are undersized, with comparatively slender body and long cuneate tail, as those of the genera Palæornis, Platycercus, Pezoporus, Melopsittacus, Euphema, Nymphicus, etc., of the Old World, and Conurus of the New. They are thus distinguished from the larger, heavy-bodied parrots with short tails, as species of Psittacus proper. The common parrakeet of the United States is Conurus carolinensis, green varied with red and yellow. The commonest parrakeet in India is the rose-ringed, Palæornis torquatus. The rosella or nonpareil parrakeet is platycercus’ eximius, a very beautiful bird, chiefly red and blue. Nymphicus novæ-hollandiæ is the crested parrakeet, or parrakeet-cockatoo. Ground-parrakeets are Australian species of Pezoporus, as P. formosus. Grass-parrakeets belong to the genus Euphema. The warbling or zebra grass-parrakeet is Melopsittacus undulatus. Hanging-parrakeets are certain lories. (See lory.) Various lovebirds are often called parrakeets. See the technical names. See also cuts under Agapornis, Conurus, corella, Euphema, and Melopsittacus.
    • n parrakeet A fish of the genus Crenilabrus; a parrotwrasse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Parrakeet par′a-kēt Same as Paroquet.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Paroquet


In literature:

In the aisle beside her is an extremely indignant parrakeet in a cage.
"Main Street" by Sinclair Lewis
She and the parrakeets were alone in the heart of the Great Sahara.
"Dope" by Sax Rohmer
A shrill, high note, like the scream of a parrakeet, rang out a second time.
"The Adventures of Jimmie Dale" by Frank L. Packard
Lions, tigers, and bears, serpents as big round as your thigh, parrakeets of every color under the sun.
"Monsieur Lecoq" by Emile Gaboriau
The aviary is such a wonderful place, there seem to be birds of every kind, and the parrakeets do make such a noise.
"The Visits of Elizabeth" by Elinor Glyn
Everywhere else than in Florida, the Carolina parrakeet has long been extinct.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
Among them are wild ducks, large wood-pigeons, seagulls, rails, parrots, and parrakeets.
"John Rutherford, the White Chief" by George Lillie Craik
Red Shouldered Parrakeet 42.
"The Voyage Of Governor Phillip To Botany Bay" by Arthur Phillip
There are dear little green parrakeets, too, who fly about in flocks in Australia, looking like flights of animated green leaves.
"The Children's Book of London" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
You are a pretty parrakeet to come between me and my musings.
"The Lady of Loyalty House" by Justin Huntly McCarthy