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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Parrot  \Par"rot\,  n.  [Prob.  fr  F.  Pierrot,  dim.  of  Pierre 
  Peter.  F.  pierrot  is  also  the  name  of  the  sparrow.  Cf 
  {Paroquet},  {Petrel},  {Petrify}.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  In  a  general  sense  any  bird  of  the  order 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  species  of  {Psittacus},  {Chrysotis}, 
  {Pionus},  and  other  genera  of  the  family  {Psittacid[ae]}, 
  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  ({P. 
  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. 
  {Carolina  parrot}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  Carolina  parrakeet.  See 
  {Night  parrot},  or  {Owl  parrot}.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  {Kakapo}. 
  {Parrot  coal},  cannel  coal;  --  so  called  from  the  crackling 
  and  chattering  sound  it  makes  in  burning.  [Eng.  &  Scot.] 
  {Parrot  green}.  (Chem.)  See  {Scheele's  green},  under  {Green}, 
  {Parrot  weed}  (Bot.),  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. 
  {Parrot  wrasse},  {Parrot  fish}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  fish  of  the 
  genus  {Scarus}.  One  species  ({S.  Cretensis}),  found  in  the 
  Mediterranean,  is  esteemed  by  epicures,  and  was  highly 
  prized  by  the  ancient  Greeks  and  Romans. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Parrot  \Par"rot\,  v.  t. 
  To  repeat  by  rote,  as  a  parrot. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Parrot  \Par"rot\,  v.  i. 
  To  chatter  like  a  parrot. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  usually  brightly  colored  zygodactyl  tropical  birds  with 
  short  hooked  beaks  and  the  ability  to  mimic  sounds 
  2:  a  copycat  who  does  not  understand  the  words  or  acts  being 
  v  :  repeat  mindlessly;  "The  students  parroted  the  teacher's 

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