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Definition of Parrot


  1. In a general sense, any bird of the order Psittaci.
  2. Any species of Psittacus, Chrysotis, Pionus, and other genera of the family Psittacidae, 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 (P. 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.
  3. To repeat by rote, as a parrot.
  4. To chatter like a parrot.

Parrot Quotations

A real Christian is a person who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.
Billy Graham

The parrot's so funny. He imitates me and I don't even realize he's doing it. I'm walking around the house talking to myself and whistling and the next day he's said something I've said... it's scary you know?
Mick Ralphs

Much talking is the cause of danger. Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune. The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage. Other birds, without speech, fly freely about.
Saskya Pandita

I'm a parrot. I can pick up an accent and just do it.
Brion James

I have an African gray parrot; her name is Eli. We thought she was a boy. And a blue-streaked lory named Marco. He's 10. And a yellow and green parakeet, Petey. He's very cute, but he's getting old.
Roz Chast
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Parrot Translations

parrot in Afrikaans is papegaai
parrot in Dutch is papegaai
parrot in Finnish is papukaija
parrot in French is perroquet
parrot in German is Papagei
parrot in Italian is pappagallo
parrot in Portuguese is papagaio
parrot in Spanish is loro
parrot in Swedish is papegoja
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