A parrot is a brightly colored tropical bird with a distinctly loud voice. If you see someone calling a colorful bird "Polly" and asking it if it wants a cracker, that's a parrot.

Parrots are popular pets because many of them have the ability to mimic sounds they hear, sometimes including human speech. In fact, this skill has led to a secondary meaning of the word parrot, "mimic mindlessly." You could say, for example, "I'm not going to just parrot everything the teacher says — I'm no parrot." The origin of the word is uncertain, although we know that before parrot, this bird was called a popinjay.

Definitions of parrot

n usually brightly colored zygodactyl tropical birds with short hooked beaks and the ability to mimic sounds

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an archaic term for a parrot
poll, poll parrot
a tame parrot
African gray, African grey, Psittacus erithacus
commonly domesticated grey parrot with red-and-black tail and white face; native to equatorial Africa
mainly green tropical American parrots
long-tailed brilliantly colored parrot of Central America and South America; among the largest and showiest of parrots
Nestor notabilis, kea
large brownish-green New Zealand parrot
white or light-colored crested parrot of the Australian region; often kept as cage birds
Nymphicus hollandicus, cockateel, cockatiel, cockatoo parrot
small grey Australian parrot with a yellow crested head
small African parrot noted for showing affection for their mates
small brightly colored Australasian parrots having a brush-tipped tongue for feeding on nectar and soft fruits
parakeet, paraquet, paroquet, parrakeet, parroket, parroquet
any of numerous small slender long-tailed parrots
Cacatua galerita, Kakatoe galerita, sulphur-crested cockatoo
white cockatoo with a yellow erectile crest
Kakatoe leadbeateri, pink cockatoo
white Australian cockatoo with roseate tinged plumage
any of various small lories
Carolina parakeet, Conuropsis carolinensis
extinct parakeet whose range extended far into the United States
Melopsittacus undulatus, budgereegah, budgerigar, budgerygah, budgie, grass parakeet, lovebird, shell parakeet
small Australian parakeet usually light green with black and yellow markings in the wild but bred in many colors
Psittacula krameri, ring-necked parakeet
African parakeet
Type of:
warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings

n a copycat who does not understand the words or acts being imitated

Type of:
ape, aper, copycat, emulator, imitator
someone who copies the words or behavior of another

v repeat mindlessly

“The students parroted the teacher's words”
Type of:
echo, repeat
to say again or imitate

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