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A rose-ringed parakeet

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From Middle French perroquet, probably a diminutive form of the personal name Pierre; some variant forms perhaps via Italian parrocchetto, Spanish periquito.



parakeet (plural parakeets)

  1. Any of various species of small parrot primarily of tropical regions. [from 16th c.]
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 8, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes [], book II, London: [] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], →OCLC:
      we had loved them for our pastimes, as we do apes, monkies, or perokitoes, and not as man.
    • 2009 October 12, Patrick Barkham, The Guardian:
      According to one legend, the parakeets escaped from the set of The African Queen, John Huston's 1951 film made at Shepperton studios.

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The common parakeet kept as a pet is called the budgie or budgerigar in Commonwealth nations.

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