From Middle High German papegei, from Old French papegai, from Old Spanish papagayo, from Byzantine Greek παπαγάς (papagás), from Arabic بَبَّغَاء (babbaḡāʾ). Further origin unknown, perhaps from an African language or imitative. The Middle High German variant papegān may have been borrowed directly from Byzantine Greek during the Crusades; compare modern Turkish papağan.
- The word may be declined according to the strong or the weak pattern. Strong declension prevails considerably in both spoken and written German. The genitive (des) Papageien is somewhat more competitive than the other weak forms, but is still fairly rare.
Papagei m (plural Papageien)