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rosella

[roh-zel-uh] /roʊˈzɛl ə/
noun
1.
any of several large, colorful parakeets of the genus Platycercus, of Australia.
Origin of rosella
1820-1830
1820-30; alteration of Rosehill, district in southeast Australia
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  • Poor rosella was disheartened when she saw the letter, and, descending, found herself in the midst of a plain.

    Italian Popular Tales Thomas Frederick Crane
  • He was as new as an overnight daisy, and as destructible in rosella's hands.

  • rosella did as she was told, and while the ogress was reading the letter rosella seized the box and ran for her life.

    Italian Popular Tales Thomas Frederick Crane
  • And then it was, and thus it was, that rosella took her resolve.

  • Then rosella went her way, and arrived safely at her mother-in-law's.

    Italian Popular Tales Thomas Frederick Crane
  • But no stress of weather could have kept rosella at home that evening.

  • Well, then, I will write a letter, and rosella must carry it to my friend.

    Italian Popular Tales Thomas Frederick Crane
  • rosella did as she was told, but the ogress was so angry she was going to eat her.

    Italian Popular Tales Thomas Frederick Crane
  • In five minutes of time rosella knew just where Harold Vickers was to be placed, to what type he belonged.

  • rosella descended, and began to wander about, uttering her usual lament.

    Italian Popular Tales Thomas Frederick Crane
British Dictionary definitions for rosella

rosella

/rəʊˈzɛlə/
noun
1.
any of various Australian parrots of the genus Platycercus, such as P. elegans (crimson rosella), often kept as cage birds
Word Origin
C19: probably alteration of Rose-hiller, after Rose Hill, Parramatta, near Sydney
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