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Topic: BIRDS

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from Old French perroquet

parrot

1 noun
     
parrot
par‧rot1 [countable]
1HBB a tropical bird with a curved beak and brightly coloured feathers that can be taught to copy human speech
2

parrot fashion

British English if you learn something parrot fashion, you repeat what someone has just said without understanding it [↪ by heart]:
We recited poems parrot fashion.

➔ sick as a parrot

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