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Noun: "a kind of bird"[edit]

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  • 1525John Skelton, Speake, Parrot
    My name is Parrot, a byrd of paradyse [] Parrot is a goodly byrd, a prety popagey []
  • 1597William Shakespeare, 1 Henry IV ii 4
    That euer this Fellow should haue fewer words then a Parret, and yet the sonne of a Woman.
  • 1598William Shakespeare, As You Like It iv 1
    I will bee more iealous of thee, then a Barbary cocke-pidgeon ouer his hen, more clamorous then a Parrat against raine.
  • 1689John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Book II, chapter 27 "Of Identity and Diversity"
    ſince I think I may be confident, that, whoever ſhould ſee a Creature of his own Shape and Make, tho it had no more Reaſon all its Life than a Cat or a Parrot, would call him ſtill a Man ; or whoever ſhould hear a cat or a parrot diſcourſe, reaſon, and philoſophize, would call or think it nothing but a Cat or a Parrot ; and ſay, the one was a dull irrational Man, and the other a very intelligent rational Parrot.
  • 1694Thomas Urquhart and Pierre Antoine Motteux (tr.), The Fourth Book of Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais, ch LVII
    ...he even instructs brutes in arts which are against their nature, making poets of ravens, jackdaws, chattering jays, parrots, and starlings, and poetesses of magpies, teaching them to utter human language, speak, and sing
  • 1749 — "The Prospect of the Island of Tobago", The Universal Magazine (June), page 266.
    So of the parraketoes, of which there are two ſorts ; one about the bigneſs of our Engliſh thruſh, but plumed like a parrot. But the ſmaller parraketo exceeds not a ſparrow in bigneſs, and, like the green parrot, may be taught to talk.
  • 1789Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, 11th edition, volume II, page 117, (originally published serially 1750-1752)
    She quarrelled with one family, becauſe ſhe had an unpleaſant view from their windows; with another, becauſe the ſquirrel leaped within two yards of her; and with a third, becauſe ſhe could not bear the noiſe of the parrot.
  • 1857, Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit, book 1, chapter 33
    Mrs Merdle was at home, and was in her nest of crimson and gold, with the parrot on a neighbouring stem watching her with his head on one side, as if he took her for another splendid parrot of a larger species.
  • 1889 — Charles Norton Elvin, A Dictionary of Heraldry, p 97
    The parrot when blazoned proper, is green, beaked and membered gules.
  • 1917T. S. Eliot, Aunt Helen
    The dogs were handsomely provided for,
    But shortly afterwards the parrot died too.
  • 1919Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan the Untamed, ch XIX
    As the girl neared these latter images she saw that the capital of each column was hewn into the semblance of a human skull upon which the parrots perched.
  • 1964G. K. Chesterton, The Spice of Life and Other Essays, "The Soul in Every Legend"
    I do not deny that the poet may write an ode to a parrot as well as to a skylark; or for that matter a serenade to a penguin or a pelican. But he will prefer the parrot outside the parrothouse. He will prefer the pelican in the wilderness.
  • 2008Irene M. Pepperberg, Alex & Me, chapter 2, page 55
    Egyptian hieroglyphics show images of pet parrots, and noble Greek and Roman families kept Greys, too.

Noun: "a person who repeats what is said"[edit]

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  • 1700Thomas Brown, "Amusements Serious And Comical", "Westminster-Abbey"; republished in The Works of Mr. Thomas Brown (1760), volume III, part ii, page 128
    To which we now ventur'd to enter, being firſt encountered by a dapper pert ſcoundrel in a crop-ear'd wig, the parrot of the place, but a piece of a Weſtminſter wit; for he throws in his jokes as formally, and as much to the purpoſe as a fanatick holder-forth does his text.
  • 1769 — John Courtenay, Robert Jephson, The Batchelor: Or, Speculations of Jeoffry Wagstaffe, Esq‎, page 89
    nay, whether it might not be unſaſe to affront the lap-dog or parrot of a member of parliament.
  • 1789 — John Hoole, "To the Memory of Mrs. Margaret Woffington", published in Bell's Classical Arrangement of Fugitive Poetry, volume IX, page 135
    Thy judgment saw, thy taste each beauty caught,
    No senseless parrot of the poet's thought!
  • 1814 — "Review of A Series of Popular Essays, The Monthly Review LXXIV (May-Aug), page 403
    Nearly all the complaints of dullness and inattention, that we have had the opportunity of investigating, had originated in flie attempt of the teacher to make a parrot of the pupil, and to compel the repetition of words not understood, as if they were understood.
  • 1837Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American Scholar
    In this distribution of functions, the scholar is the delegated intellect. In the right state, he is, Man Thinking. In the degenerate state, when the victim of society, he tends to become a mere thinker, or, still worse, the parrot of other men's thinking.
  • 1943 — Vivian Connell, The Nineteenth Hole of Europe: A Play in Three Acts‎, page 95
    To-day is the parrot of Yesterday, and To-morrow the parrot of To-day. Man does not change.
  • 1985Stephen Marley, Managra, p 150
    Did you work out the principles of transdimensional physics yourself, or were you simply told? There was more in your speech of the parrot than the authentic natural philosopher.
  • 1999 — Deborah E. McDowell, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Introduction, page xv
    Even though what he read and wrote was inevitably stamped by his white audience and sponsors, he was far from being an unwitting parrot of his sources or an exile from African-American cultural forms.
  • 2008 — Catherine Rottenberg, Performing Americanness: Race, Class, and Gender in Modern African-American and Jewish-American Literature, chapter 6, page 108
    A Parrot of Words and Monkey of Manners [chapter title]

Noun: "(archaic) a puffin"[edit]

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  • 1896 — Elliott Coues, Key to North American Birds, page 800
    With one exception (that of the Common Puffin or Sea Parrot of the Atlantic) all are confined to North Pacific and Polar waters.
  • 1907 — Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch, Major Vigoureaux, page 147
    There the sea-parrots breed, and so thickly that you can scarcely set foot ashore without plunging into their houses; but there is a mound near the western end where no sea-parrot may come, for the herring-gulls and the black-backs claim it for their own.

Noun: "a kind of coal"[edit]

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  • 1810 — John Williams, The Natural History of the Mineral Kingdom, 2nd edition, page 162
    There is a thick stratum of coal among the edge-sems of Gilmerton, Loanhead, &c. in Midlothian, called the Great Seam, which contains coals of several different qualities and varieties, such as splent coal, roch coal, run splent coal, a stratum of fine parrot or cannel coal, of excellent quality, and a stratum of coarse parrot of inferior quality ; and there are in the same great seam varieties of the roch coals and of the run splents : so that this individual stratum contains a considerable nummber and variety of coal of different appearance, quality, and texture.

Verb (trans.): "to repeat what is said"[edit]

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  • 1759 — Thomas Wilkes, A General View of the Stage‎, page 277
    Some tones of his voice, which is not ſtrong, remind us of that of Mr. Garrick, which it reſembles; from whence ſome people have maliciouſly affirmed, that he is parrotted in every thing.
  • 1790Tate Wilkinson, Memoirs of His Own Life‎, page 181
    The Orphan of China, being a tragedy not being any way difficult or myſterious to thoſe who do not require to be parroted in their parts, we can aſſure the public that it is now in perfect readineſs, and will be performed this evening at the theatre in Smock-alley.
  • 1818 — anonymous "Table Talk", "On the Ignorance of the Learned", The Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany (July), page 57
    The learned pedant is conversant with books only as they are made of other books, and those again of others, without end. He parrots those who have parrotted others. He can translate the same word into ten different languages, but he knows nothing of the thing which it means in any one of them.
  • 1828 — "Reports on the Select Committee on Emigration from the United Kingdom" The Quarterly Review XXXVII (Jan/Mar), page 570
    This system will construct a machine but it will not form a man. Of what does it consist? Of prayers parroted without one sentiment in accord with the words uttered; of moral lectures, which the understanding does not comprehend, or the heart feel...
  • 1877 — anonymous, "M. Thiers: A Sketch from Life", Macmillan's Magazine‎ (Nov), page 3
    If asked to give an account of what passes in the moon, he would be at no loss to furnish one. He parrots every scientific theory and system, and really he looks like a parrot raised in some incomprehensible way into a human being.
  • 1959Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers, ch XII
    I caught an answer right out of the book and parroted it.
  • 1965 — Hugh M. Cole, The Ardennes: Battle of the Bulge, ch IV
    Three of the four prisoners seemed to be parroting wild and baseless rumors of a sort which was fairly common, and these three were bundled into prisoner of war cages without further ado.
  • 1992Deborah Tannen, That's Not what I Meant!: How Conversational Style Makes Or Breaks Relationships, chapter 4, page 67
    What good is it if you order someone to say "I love you," and he parrots it?
  • 1996Bill Clinton, Presidential Radio Address (15 June)
    So when political leaders parrot the tobacco company line, say cigarettes are not necessarily addictive, and oppose our efforts to keep tobacco away from our children, they continue to cater to powerful interests, but they're not standing up for parents and children.
  • 2004Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts, chapter 33,
    "Birthday Natalie," Natalie repeats. I feel a stab of pain when I hear this. Natalie has come a long way. I can tell because this sounds like the old Natalie. She isn't parroting like this hardly anymore.
  • 2007J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    He's loyal to people who are kind to him, and Mrs. Black must have been, and Regulus certainly was, so he served them willingly and parroted their beliefs.