There are a thousand ways to get the public on your side; talking about your wife like she is a parakeet isn't one of them.
The pirate's eyes were fixed on the parakeet, and his twitching fingers played with the steel-tipped whip.
He smirked and made a face at the parakeet who did its best to smirk back.
And a thin, keen dart sung shrill as a parakeet over their heads.
Except for the two men and the parakeet, the Vulture was deserted.
Mr. parakeet was gasping slowly and gazing round in a circle.
My dear Cleek, couldn't a parakeet be made to swallow a pearl?
But one day I was looking at a bird perched on my windowsill, and it fell over dead, just as your parakeet did.
Running the parakeet doesn't seem to have made you very plump, Skipper.
Here am I kicking you out of the command of the parakeet, to be sure.
1620s, from Spanish perquito; earlier English form parroket (1580s) is from Middle French paroquet, from Old French paroquet (14c.), which is said by etymologists of French to be from Italian parrocchetto, literally "little priest," from parroco "parish priest," from Church Latin parochus (see parish), or parrucchetto, diminutive of parrucca "peruke, periwig," in reference to the head plumage.
The Spanish form, meanwhile, is sometimes said to be a diminutive of Perico, familiar form of Pedro "Peter," and the Old French word is likewise perhaps from or influenced by a diminutive of Pierre "Peter." The relations of the Spanish and Italian forms, and the influence of folk etymology on either or both, are uncertain.