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[sit-uh-sahyn, -sin] /ˈsɪt əˌsaɪn, -sɪn/
of or relating to parrots.
Origin of psittacine
1870-75; < Latin psittacinus < Greek psittákinos. equivalent to psittak(ós) parrot + -inos ine1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for psittacine
  • Other types of beak deformities have been attributed to parasites or disease, such as psittacine beak and feather disease.
  • These outbreaks are mainly due to illegally imported psittacine birds.
  • Vendor requirements involving parrots and other psittacine birds.
British Dictionary definitions for psittacine


/ˈsɪtəˌsaɪn; -sɪn/
of, relating to, or resembling a parrot
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin psittacīnus, from Latin psittacus a parrot
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Word Origin and History for psittacine

"pertaining to parrots," 1826, from Latin psittacinus, from psittacus "parrot," from Greek psittakos "a parrot," said to be a foreign word.

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psittacine in Medicine

psittacine psit·ta·cine (sĭt'ə-sīn')

  1. Relating to, resembling, or characteristic of parrots.

  2. Of or belonging to the family Psittacidae, which includes the parrots, macaws, and parakeets.

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