parrot

Definitions

  • The magician's wife whistles to the parrot
    The magician's wife whistles to the parrot
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v parrot repeat mindlessly "The students parroted the teacher's words"
    • n parrot usually brightly colored zygodactyl tropical birds with short hooked beaks and the ability to mimic sounds
    • n parrot a copycat who does not understand the words or acts being imitated
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE PARROT'S CAGE THE PARROT'S CAGE
A PERFORMING PARROT A PERFORMING PARROT

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 315 species of parrot in the world
    • Parrot (Zoöl) Any species of Psittacus Chrysotis Pionus, and other genera of the family Psittacidæ, as distinguished from the parrakeets, macaws, and lories. They have a short rounded or even tail, and often a naked space on the cheeks. The gray parrot, or jako (Psittacus erithacus) of Africa (see Jako), and the species of Amazon, or green, parrots (Chrysotis) of America, are examples. Many species, as cage birds, readily learn to imitate sounds, and to repeat words and phrases.
    • Parrot (Zoöl) In a general sense, any bird of the order Psittaci.
    • v. i Parrot To chatter like a parrot.
    • v. t Parrot To repeat by rote, without understanding, as a parrot.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Parrots cannot eat chocolate because it is poisonous to their body
    • n parrot Any bird of the family Psittacidæ or order Psittaci; a zygodactyl scansorial bird with a cered and hooked bill. Parrot is the general name of all such birds, various kinds of them being called cockatoos, macaws, parrakeets, lories, and by many other more specific names. When used in a stricter sense, it usually refers to Old World birds of moderate or rather large size, of stout build, with strong beak, fleshy tongue, and short square tail, as in the restricted genus Psittacus, of which the African P. erythacus, of a gray color with a bright-red tail, is a characteristic example and one of the commonest of cage-birds. The natural cries of parrots are, as a rule, extremely loud and harsh; but many of the fleshy-tongued species can be taught to articulate words and even sentences in a perfectly intelligible manner. Most parrots are expert climbers, and in scrambling about use the bill as well as the feet, the upper mandible being peculiarly movable. The tongue in some species is also used as an organ of touch, almost of prehension, objects being often held and handled between the tip of the tongue and the hook of the beak. These birds are mostly vegetarian, feeding upon seeds and especially soft fruits, but some are carnivorous. Their temper is uncertain, though several kinds exhibit the most affectionate and gentle disposition, at least toward one another. In size and shape parrots differ greatly, more than is usual among the representatives of any one family of birds: some of the smallest species are no larger than sparrows, as those of the genus Nasiterna, while the great macaws attain a length of about three feet. Their coloration is equally diversified: some are black or gray; some are snowy-white; green is the most characteristic color; yellow, red, and blue, often of the most brilliant tone, are very common; and many parrots are variegated with all these colors. The sexes are usually colored alike. Gaudiness of coloration reaches its extreme in the macaws, while the most beautiful and dainty tinting is common among the lories, and plain or somber shades are exceptional throughout the order. Of parrots of all kinds there are about 350 species, classed in from 25 to 100 genera according to the views of different ornithologists. They abound in all tropical countries, but seldom extend into temperate countries, except Australia and New Zealand. In round numbers, the geographical distribution of parrots is as follows: America is richest in species, having 150, only one of which occurs in the United States, though two or three others come nearly or quite to the Mexican border; the Moluccas and Papuan islands have 80 species, Australia 60, and Polynesia 30; 25 are African; and 20 are peculiar to Asia. See also cuts tinder cockatoo, Conurus, corella, Euphema, macaw, Melopsittacus, and parrakeet.
    • n parrot Hence A mere repeater of the words or actions of another
    • parrot To say or repeat by rote or not understandingly, like a parrot; repeat mechanically; also, to imitate like a parrot.
    • parrot To chatter as a parrot.
    • parrot To repeat, parrot-like, what one has heard or been taught.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At Andrew Jackson's funeral in 1845, his pet parrot had to be removed because it was swearing.
    • n Parrot par′rut one of a family of tropical and subtropical birds, with brilliant plumage and a hooked bill, remarkable for their faculty of imitating the human voice: a repeater of the words of others
    • v.t., v.i Parrot to repeat by rote
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Quotations

  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “She was not quite what you would call refined. She was not quite what you would call unrefined. She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot.”
  • Billy Graham
    Billy%20Graham
    “A real Christian is a person who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.”
  • Will Rogers
    Will%20Rogers
    “So live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.”
  • Joseph Conrad
    Joseph%20Conrad
    “To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot.”
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay
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    “Parrots, tortoises and redwoods live a longer life than men do; Men a longer life than dogs do; Dogs a longer life than love does.”
  • Winston Churchill
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    “When the eagles are silent the parrots begin to jabber.”

Idioms

Parrot fashion - If you learn something parrot fashion, you learn it word for word. A parrot is a bird from South America that can talk.
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Sick as a parrot - If someone's sick as a parrot about something, they are unhappy, disappointed or depressed about it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. fr. F. Pierrot, dim. of Pierre, Peter. F. pierrot, is also the name of the sparrow. Cf. Paroquet Petrel Petrify

Usage

In literature:

Jacob Rawdon shot a number of parrots, which we roasted for supper.
"Peter Biddulph" by W.H.G. Kingston
Let us have each a parrot.
"Yr Ynys Unyg" by Julia de Winton
She was quite an old lady, a widow for many years, and lived alone, except for the society of a green parrot and a companion.
"A Pair of Clogs" by Amy Walton
THE PARROT (FIRST VERSION).
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
The parrots are not strongly represented in the Himalayas.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
They had a squirrel and some guinea-pigs and a parrot that could talk everything.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Ernest, it's a parrot!
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
The hia-hia parrot, called in England the parrot of the sun, is very remarkable.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
We stood in a circle round the parrot's cage and gazed with interest at its occupant.
"Once a Week" by Alan Alexander Milne
The popinjay, or parrot, is still occasionally found as Pobgee, Popjoy.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
She had told him that they belonged to the Sea Parrot family.
"Little White Fox and his Arctic Friends" by Roy J. Snell
The two most common species are the Amazon green parrot and the festive green parrot.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Now they have reached a wonderful country, where the monkeys and the parrots chatter in the trees.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
A parrot sits on its perch with curbed profanity.
"Wappin' Wharf" by Charles S. Brooks
The mistress kept a polly parrot about in the kitchen.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
I'll warrant they were made out of the breasts of these very sea-parrots here.
"The Young Alaskans" by Emerson Hough
Then they all began talking Chinese like mad, and the Chinese lady came back and suddenly gave Alice a parrot.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
You see he had never heard a parrot speaking.
"Peterkin" by Mary Louisa Molesworth
Poor Tom was frightened nearly out of his senses, and yelled for some one to take the parrot away.
"Minnie's Pet Parrot" by Madeline Leslie
Everyone started, and looked in amazement at the parrot, whose head was perked sideways up at Mr. Mizzen's face.
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
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In poetry:

Up then spake the king himself,
In the bed-chamber where he lay:
"What ails the pretty parrot,
That prattles so long or day?"
"May Colven" by Andrew Lang
Seated in his mother's garden,
At high noon the boy Pedrillo
Playeth with his favorite parrot,
Golden-green with streaks of scarlet.
"Don Pedrillo" by Emma Lazarus
Somewhere, somewhen I've seen,
But where or when I'll never know,
Parrots of shrilly green
With crests of shriller scarlet flying
Out of black cedars as the sun was dying
Against cold peaks of snow.
"The Parrots" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
Thus, SLANDER turns against its maker;
And if this little Story reaches
A SPINSTER, who her PARROT teaches,
Let her a better task pursue,
And here, the certain VENGEANCE view
Which surely will, in TIME, O'ERTAKE HER.
"Deborah's Parrot, a Village Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
She lay and laughed and listened beside the water's edge.
The glancing rirer glistened and glinted through the sedge.
Green parrots flew above her and, as the daylight died,
Her young arms drew her lover more closely to her side.
"Kotri," by Laurence Hope
The parrot that sits on her bough a-swinging,
The bird and the butterfly, light air winging,
And scarcely more happy, I trow.
Then hey for the meadow, the glade and the grove,
For evening is coming and branches move,
We'll have merry pastime now.
"School Rhymes For Negro Children" by Joanna Baillie

In news:

Posts Tagged 'Quaker parrot .
Lost parrot in Oro Valley.
It's a green parrot ).
The Flight of the Dancing Parrot AR Drones.
Behind the Scenes of the Parrot AR Drone Photoshoot.
Greeting us a Pirate Republic Parrot .
Parrot honored as hero for saving little girl.
But we guarantee that this will be the only such arrest you read about involving a zebra and a parrot .
Stolen parrot returned to Dallas store.
Recent news and coverage of Skye Parrot .
Who says parrots can't cheer.
For some odd reason that no one in my family can figure out I want a parrot as a pet.
If I ever get one I'll have to be careful what this guy did with his parrot .
Parrot does Gangnan song.
I am not sure what the owners feed this parrot , but I want some.
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In science:

We can say that penguins are atypical in that they cannot fly; hummingbirds are atypical in that they have very fine motor control; parrots are atypical in that they could talk; and so on.
Evaluating Defaults
GR and QM to a cogent (ie, a conceptually sound, mathematically consistent, as well as calculationally finite) QG, seem to this author to be like trying to cross a parrot with a hyena: so that it (:QG) can tel l us what it is laughing about.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
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