cockatoo definition

  • noun:
    • some of numerous huge parrots, specially regarding the genus Kakatoe of Australia and adjacent places, described as a long erectile crest.
    • A bird associated with family members Cacatuidae with a curved beak and a zygodactyl foot.
    • A lookout posted during a two-up game.
    • A bird of the Parrot family, of the subfamily Cacatuinæ, having a short, strong, and much curved beak, and the head ornamented with a crest, which can be raised or depressed at will. There are several genera and many species; as the broad-crested cockatoo (Plictolophus cristatus or Cacatua cristatus), the sulphur-crested (Cacatua galerita or Plictolophus galeritus), etc. The palm cockatoo or great black cockatoo of Australia is Probosciger aterrimus (formerly Microglossus aterrimus).
    • The name of numerous stunning birds of parrot family members, subfamily Cacatuinæ (which see), and especially of the genus Cacatua.
    • A somewhat contemptuous term placed on a tiny farmer in Australia.
    • white or light-colored crested parrot associated with Australian area; frequently kept as cage wild birds

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