[buhj-uh-ree-gahr, -er-i-]
an Australian parakeet, Melopsittacus undulatus, having greenish plumage with black and yellow markings, bred as a pet in a variety of colors.
Also, budgereegah, budgerygah [buhj-uh-ree-gah] .
Also called shell parakeet.

1840–50; perhaps misrepresentation of Kamilaroi or Yuwaalaraay (Austral Aboriginal language of N New South Wales) gijirrigā (perhaps gijirr yellow or small + head)

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budgerigar (ˈbʌdʒərɪˌɡɑː)
Often (informal) shortened to: budgie a small green Australian parrot, Melopsittacus undulatus: a popular cagebird that is bred in many different coloured varieties
[C19: from a native Australian language]

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1847, from Native Australian, lit. "good cockatoo," from budgeri "good" + gar "cockatoo."
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