parrot

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
  1. noun
    usually brightly colored zygodactyl tropical birds with short hooked beaks and the ability to mimic sounds
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    popinjay
    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
    amazon
    mainly green tropical American parrots
    macaw
    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
    cockatoo
    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
    lovebird
    small African parrot noted for showing affection for their mates
    lory
    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
    lorikeet
    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
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    bird
    warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
  2. noun
    a copycat who does not understand the words or acts being imitated
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    ape, aper, copycat, emulator, imitator
    someone who copies the words or behavior of another
  3. verb
    repeat mindlessly
    “The students parroted the teacher's words”
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    echo, repeat
    to say again or imitate
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