[lawr-i-keet, lor-, lawr-uh-keet, lor-]
any of various small lories.

1765–75; lory + (para)keet

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lorikeet (ˈlɒrɪˌkiːt, ˌlɒrɪˈkiːt)
any of various small lories, such as Glossopsitta versicolor (varied lorikeet) or Trichoglossus moluccanus (rainbow lorikeet)
[C18: from lory + -keet, as in parakeet]

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any of 53 species of medium-sized vocal and exceptionally colourful parrots of Australia and New Guinea that feed on pollen and nectar. They have brush-tipped tongues that help sweep food into the mouth. They also eat small insects and are important pollinators of many trees, including coconut palms. Lories have shorter tails but are similar and belong to the same subfamily.

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Example sentences
Visitors are welcome to enter the aviary with a handful of food to beckon the lorikeet and the kookaburra.
Lorikeet feeding is available in the free-flying aviary, and visitors can find bird food dispensers along the zoo's pathways.
Overall, the rainbow lorikeet remains widespread and often common.
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