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A parrot.


First attested in 1525. From Средњи Француски perrotScript error: The function "template_categorize" does not exist., either a diminutive of Pierre or a shortened form of perroquet (whence also parakeet). Compare Француски pierrot and Occitan parrat. A number of origins have been suggested for perroquet, such as Spanish periquito and Italian parrocchetto. The relationship between these various words is disputed. Replaced earlier popinjay.



parrot (plural parrots)

  1. A kind of bird, many species of which are colourful and able to mimic human speech, of the order Psittaciformes or (narrowly) of the family Psittacidae.
    Синонимs: (bird of the order Psittaciformes) psittacine, popinjay
    I bought a wonderful parrot at the pet store.
  2. (figuratively) A parroter; a person who repeats the words or ideas of others.
    Синонимs: copycat, mimic
    What kind of a parrot are you? He just said that.
    • 1837, Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American Scholar,
      In this distribution of functions, the scholar is the delegated intellect. In the right state, he is, Man Thinking. In the degenerate state, when the victim of society, he tends to become a mere thinker, or, still worse, the parrot of other men’s thinking.
  3. (archaic) A puffin.
    Синонимs: sea-parrot, tomnoddy
  4. (geology, obsolete) Channel coal.
  5. (aviation, slang) A transponder.


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parrot (third-person singular simple present parrots, present participle parroting, simple past and past participle parroted or parrotted)

  1. (transitive) To repeat (exactly what has just been said) without necessarily showing understanding, in the manner of a parrot.
    • 1996, Bill Clinton, Presidential Radio Address (15 June)
      So when political leaders parrot the tobacco company line, say cigarettes are not necessarily addictive, and oppose our efforts to keep tobacco away from our children, they continue to cater to powerful interests, but they're not standing up for parents and children.
    • 1999 January, Larry Cunningham, “Taking on Testilying”, in Criminal Justice Ethics, volume 18, DOI:10.1080/0731129X.1999.9992064, strane 26–40:
      While interviewing officers, some prosecutors will tell them what the law will require that he, the prosecutor, establish through his witnesses. The officer-witness will then parrot back those requirements, making his testimony fit the requirements of the law.
    The interviewee merely parroted the views of her tabloid.


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