cockatoo

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English[edit]

A cockatoo (1).

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From Dutch kaketoe, borrowed from Malay kakaktua, kakatua. Spelling influenced by cock.

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cockatoo (plural cockatoos)

  1. A bird of the family Cacatuidae with a curved beak and a zygodactyl foot. [from 1610s]
  2. (slang, obsolete) A lookout posted during a two-up game, when gambling was illegal.

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