cockatiel

cockatiel

[kok-uh-teel]
noun
a small, crested, long-tailed Australian parrot, Nymphicus hollandicus, often kept as a pet.
Also, cockateel.


Origin:
1875–80; < Dutch kaketielje, < Portuguese cacatilha, equivalent to cacat(ua) cockatoo + -ilha < Latin -illa diminutive suffix

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cockatiel or cockateel (ˌkɒkəˈtiːl)
 
n
a crested Australian parrot, Leptolophus hollandicus, having a greyish-brown and yellow plumage
 
[C19: from Dutch kaketielje, from Portuguese cacatilha a little cockatoo, from cacatuacockatoo]
 
cockateel or cockateel
 
n
 
[C19: from Dutch kaketielje, from Portuguese cacatilha a little cockatoo, from cacatuacockatoo]

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