Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) usually brightly colored zygodactyl tropical birds with short hooked beaks and the ability to mimic sounds
  2. (noun, person) a copycat who does not understand the words or acts being imitated
  3. (verb, communication) repeat mindlessly

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Origin of the word Parrot

  1. c.1525, perhaps from dial. M.Fr. perrot, from var. of Pierre "Peter;" or perhaps a dial. form of perroquet (see parakeet). Replaced earlier popinjay. The verb "repeat without understanding" is first attested 1596. The Ger. naturalist Alexander von Humboldt in S.America 1800 encountered a very old parrot that was the sole speaker of a dead Indian lang… more

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