pappagallo

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Greek παπαγάλος (papagálos), from Arabic بَبَغَاء(babaḡāʾ), of onomatopoeic origin. Influenced by gallo (rooster). Cognate with German Papagei, Spanish papagayo, and English popinjay.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pappagallo m (plural pappagalli)

  1. parrot
  2. (slang) wolf (man who makes amorous advances to many women)
  3. (colloquial) parrot (a person who repeats others' words and phrases in an unpleasant way)
    fare il pappagallo, ripetere tutto come un pappagallo
    (please add an English translation of this usage example)
  4. bedpan (for urination only)

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References[edit]

  • Colonna, Barbara (1997) Dizionario etimologico della lingua italiana, Newton Compton