parrot

[par-uht]
noun
1.
any of numerous hook-billed, often brilliantly colored birds of the order Psittaciformes, as the cockatoo, lory, macaw, or parakeet, having the ability to mimic speech and often kept as pets.
2.
a person who, without thought or understanding, merely repeats the words or imitates the actions of another.
verb (used with object)
3.
to repeat or imitate without thought or understanding.
4.
to teach to repeat or imitate in such a fashion.

Origin:
1515–25; apparently < Middle French P(i)errot, diminutive of Pierre (see parakeet), though a comparable sense of the French word is not known until the 18th century

parrotlike, adjective
parroty, adjective
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parrot (ˈpærət)
 
n
1.  any bird of the tropical and subtropical order Psittaciformes, having a short hooked bill, compact body, bright plumage, and an ability to mimic soundsRelated: psittacine
2.  a person who repeats or imitates the words or actions of another unintelligently
3.  facetious usually sick as a parrot extremely disappointed
 
vb , -rots, -roting, -roted
4.  (tr) to repeat or imitate mechanically without understanding
 
Related: psittacine
 
[C16: probably from French paroquet; see parakeet]
 
'parrotry
 
n

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parrot
c.1525, perhaps from dial. M.Fr. perrot, from var. of Pierre "Peter;" or perhaps a dial. form of perroquet (see parakeet). Replaced earlier popinjay. The verb "repeat without understanding" is first attested 1596. The Ger. naturalist Alexander von Humboldt in S.America
1800 encountered a very old parrot that was the sole speaker of a dead Indian language, the original tribe having gone extinct.
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Example sentences
The chicken on the table, the pigeon on the street, the parrot in the zoo: all
  of them are living descendants of dinosaurs.
Likely the same conditions that selected for intelligence in nonhuman primates
  were at work in the parrot lineage.
Macaws are beautiful, brilliantly colored members of the parrot family.
Snowball the dancing parrot shifts rhythm as music changes.
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