Webster 1913 Edition
In a general sense, any bird of the order
Any species of
Pionus, and other genera of the family
Psittacidæ, as distinguished from the parrakeets, macaws, and lories. They have a short rounded or even tail, and often a naked space on the cheeks. The gray parrot, or jako (
Psittacus erithacus) of Africa (see
Jako), and the species of Amazon, or green, parrots (
Chrysotis) of America, are examples. Many species, as cage birds, readily learn to imitate sounds, and to repeat words and phrases.
the Carolina parrakeet. See–
Night parrot, or
cannel coal; – so called from the crackling and chattering sound it makes in burning.
[Eng. & Scot.]–
Scheele’s green, under
a suffrutescent plant (–
Bocconia frutescens) of the Poppy family, native of the warmer parts of America. It has very large, sinuate, pinnatifid leaves, and small, panicled, apetalous flowers.
any fish of the genus
Scarus. One species (
Scarus Cretensis), found in the Mediterranean, is esteemed by epicures, and was highly prized by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
To repeat by rote, without understanding, as a parrot.
To chatter like a parrot.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.The name of fowls of the genus Psittacus, of numerous species. The bill is hooked and the upper mandible movable. The hooked bill of the parrot is used in climbing. These fowls are found almost every where in tropical climates. They breed in hollow trees and subsist on fruits and seeds. They are also remarkable for the faculty of making indistinct articulations of words in imitation of the human voice.
2.A fish found among the Bahama isles, esteemed to be delicate food and remarkable for the richness of its colors.