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parakeet Tweet Definition of parakeet Like Definition of parakeet on Facebook
  1. A member of any of the various species of small parrots usually bred in Australia and Africa.
parrakeet Tweet Definition of parrakeet Like Definition of parrakeet on Facebook
noun (pluralparrakeets)
  1. Any of various small slender parrots, that are native to the tropics and are usually brightly coloured.
parrot Tweet Definition of parrot Like Definition of parrot on Facebook
  1. A kind of bird, many species of which are colourful and able to mimic human speech.
I bought a wonderful at the pet store.
    • 1855, w:Charles Dickens, Charles Dickens, s:Little Dorrit, Little Dorrit, Bk I, ch 33
    • : Mrs Merdle was at home, and was in her nest of crimson and gold, with the on a neighbouring stem watching her with his head on one side, as if he took her for another splendid of a larger species.
      1. A parroter; a person who repeats what was just said.
      What kind of a are you? He just said that.
    • 1837, w:Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, s:The American Scholar, The American Scholar
    • :In this distribution of functions, the scholar is the delegated intellect. In the right state, he is, Man Thinking. In the degenerate state, when the victim of society, he tends to become a mere thinker, or, still worse, the of other men"s thinking.
      1. (archaic) A puffin.
verb (parrot, ing)
  1. (transitive) To repeat (exactly what has just been said) without necessarily showing understanding, in the manner of a parrot.
    • 1996, w:Bill Clinton, Bill Clinton, s:Presidential Radio Address - 15 June 1996, Presidential Radio Address (15 June)
    • :So when political leaders the tobacco company line, say cigarettes are not necessarily addictive, and oppose our efforts to keep tobacco away from our children, they continue to cater to powerful interests, but they're not standing up for parents and children.
passenger pigeon Tweet Definition of passenger pigeon Like Definition of passenger pigeon on Facebook
  1. an extinct bird of the species Ectopistes migratorius.
passerine Tweet Definition of passerine Like Definition of passerine on Facebook
  1. A large order of birds, comprising more than half of all bird species.
  1. Of, or relating to a passerine or perching bird.
pastor Tweet Definition of pastor Like Definition of pastor on Facebook
  1. The minister or priest of a Christian church.
pavonine Tweet Definition of pavonine Like Definition of pavonine on Facebook
  1. tarnish, Tarnish found on some ores and metals which resembles the tail feathers of a peacock.
  2. Any bird from the sub-family Pavoniní¦.
  1. Of or pertaining to the genus Pavo or its sub-family Pavoniní¦, including the peafowl.
  2. Resembling the tail of a peacock.
peafowl Tweet Definition of peafowl Like Definition of peafowl on Facebook
noun (peafowl)
  1. (rare) A pheasant of the genus Pavo or Afropavo, notable for the extravagant tails of the males; a peacock. The cry is "meow"(like cats), "kee-o" or "iyaan".
peahen Tweet Definition of peahen Like Definition of peahen on Facebook
noun (pluralpeahens)
  1. A female peafowl.
peck Tweet Definition of peck Like Definition of peck on Facebook
  1. One quarter of a bushel; a dry measure of eight quarts.
    They picked a of wheat.
  2. A great deal; a large or excessive quantity.
    She figured most children probably ate a of dirt before they turned ten.
  3. A short kiss.
    I greeted him with a quick on the cheek.
  1. To strike or pierce with the beak or bill (of a bird) or similar instrument.
    The birds pecked at their food.
  2. To do something in small, intermittent pieces.
    He has been pecking away at that project for some time now.
    1. (archaic) To type.
pecker Tweet Definition of pecker Like Definition of pecker on Facebook
  1. anything that pecks, such as a bird, or the bill of a bird
  2. woodpecker
  3. (slang) the penis
  4. (rfv-sense) (context, US, slang) white trash
  5. (context, mostly, UK) (slang) the mouth
  6. (context, mostly, UK) spirits, nerve, courage
    • 1869, w:W. S. Gilbert, W. S. Gilbert, The Haughty Actor,
      Dispirited became our friend - Depressed his moral ...
Peep Tweet Definition of Peep Like Definition of Peep on Facebook
  1. A soft marshmallow candy shaped into a baby animal for Easter celebration.
peewit Tweet Definition of peewit Like Definition of peewit on Facebook
noun (pluralpeewits)
  1. any of several birds
  • the lapwing or green plover
  • the blackcap or laughing gull
  • the pewee or peewee
pelican Tweet Definition of pelican Like Definition of pelican on Facebook
  1. Any of various seabirds of the family Pelecanidae, having a long bill with a distendable pouch
pellet Tweet Definition of pellet Like Definition of pellet on Facebook
  1. Usually a small, compressed, symmetrical and hard chunk of matter. Ex: Wood pellet, ore pellet, etc.
  2. A lead projectile used as ammunition in rifled air guns.
  3. Compressed byproduct of digestion regurgitated by owls. Serves as a waste disposal mechanism for that species, as it can't excrete feces.
pen Tweet Definition of pen Like Definition of pen on Facebook
  1. An enclosed area used to contain domesticated animals, especially sheep or cattle.
There are two steers in the third .
  1. A place to confine a person; a prison cell.
They caught him with a stolen horse, and he wound up in the again.
  1. (baseball) The bullpen.
Two righties are up in the .
verb (pens, penning, penned or pent)
  1. (transitive) To enclose in a pen.
Penguin Tweet Definition of Penguin Like Definition of Penguin on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (trademark) A particular publisher of paperback books.
  2. the Penguin (Fiction) A character in the Batman comic books and films.
penna Tweet Definition of penna Like Definition of penna on Facebook
  1. A perfect, or normal, feather
pennaceous Tweet Definition of pennaceous Like Definition of pennaceous on Facebook
  1. having the structure of a normal feather
perch Tweet Definition of perch Like Definition of perch on Facebook
noun (perch or perches)
  1. A freshwater bony fish of the family Percidae, or similar fish such as the grouper.
verb (perch, es)
  1. (intransitive) To rest on a perch; to roost.
  2. (intransitive) To stay in an elevated position.
  3. (transitive) To place something on (or as if on) a perch.
perching bird Tweet Definition of perching bird Like Definition of perching bird on Facebook
  1. A passerine.
peregrine Tweet Definition of peregrine Like Definition of peregrine on Facebook
noun (pluralperegrines)
wikipedia, Peregrine)
  1. The peregrine falcon.
  1. wandering, Wandering, travelling, migratory.
    The gypsies are perpetually people.
peregrine falcon Tweet Definition of peregrine falcon Like Definition of peregrine falcon on Facebook
  1. A medium-sized, very swift falcon, Falco peregrinus, that hunts small birds.
petrel Tweet Definition of petrel Like Definition of petrel on Facebook
  1. Any of various species of black, grey, or white seabirds in the order Procellariiformes.
pewee Tweet Definition of pewee Like Definition of pewee on Facebook
  1. A common American tyrant flycatcher (Sayornis phoebe, or S. fuscus).
pewit Tweet Definition of pewit Like Definition of pewit on Facebook
  1. (zoology) A lapwing, a medium-sized wading bird belonging to the subfamily Vanellinae of the family Charadriidae, which also includes the plovers and dotterels.
phalarope Tweet Definition of phalarope Like Definition of phalarope on Facebook
noun (pluralphalaropes)
  1. Any of various small wading birds in the genus Phalaropus that have lobed toes.
pheasant Tweet Definition of pheasant Like Definition of pheasant on Facebook
  1. A bird of family Phasianidae, often hunted for food.
Phoebe Tweet Definition of Phoebe Like Definition of Phoebe on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female, from Greek, ): A female given name
  2. (greekmyth): A Titan, the daughter of Uranus and Gaia. She became associated with Artemis, goddess of the moon.
  3. (astronomy): The 14th moon of Saturn
pigeon Tweet Definition of pigeon Like Definition of pigeon on Facebook
  1. One of several birds of the family Columbidae.
  2. (slang) A person who is a target or victim of a confidence game.
pintail Tweet Definition of pintail Like Definition of pintail on Facebook
noun (pluralpintails)
  1. A dabbling duck, Anas acuta, of the northern hemisphere that has a long pointed tail.
pipit Tweet Definition of pipit Like Definition of pipit on Facebook
  1. Any of various small passerine birds, mainly from the genus Anthus, that are often drab, ground feeding insectivores of open country.
plover Tweet Definition of plover Like Definition of plover on Facebook
  1. (ornithology) various wading birds of the family Charadriidae
plumage Tweet Definition of plumage Like Definition of plumage on Facebook
noun (plurale tantum)
  1. feather, Feathers, either covering a bird or used ornamentally
  2. finery, Finery or elaborate dress.
plume Tweet Definition of plume Like Definition of plume on Facebook
noun (plural: plumes)
  1. a feather of a bird, especially a large or showy one
  2. a cluster of feathers worn as an ornament, especially on a helmet
  3. (geology) an upwelling of molten material from the Earth's mantle
  4. an upward spray of water from a whale's spout
plumelet Tweet Definition of plumelet Like Definition of plumelet on Facebook
  1. A small plume. When rosy plumelets tuft the larch.
plumose Tweet Definition of plumose Like Definition of plumose on Facebook
  1. Having feathers or plumes.
  2. Having hairs, or other píˇrts, arranged along an axis like a feather; feathery; plumelike; as, a plumose leaf; plumose tentacles.
plumulaceous Tweet Definition of plumulaceous Like Definition of plumulaceous on Facebook
  1. (zoology) downy, Downy; bearing down.
plumule Tweet Definition of plumule Like Definition of plumule on Facebook
  1. (botany) The first bud, or gemmule, of a young plant; the bud, or growing point, of the embryo, above the cotyledons.
  2. (zoology) A down feather.
  3. (zoology) The aftershaft of a feather.
  4. (zoology) One of the featherlike scales of certain male butterfly, butterflies.
plumy Tweet Definition of plumy Like Definition of plumy on Facebook
  1. Covered or adorned with plumes, or as with plumes; feathery.
pochard Tweet Definition of pochard Like Definition of pochard on Facebook
noun (pluralpochards)
  1. A stocky diving duck, Aythya ferina, of Europe and Asia whose adult male has a long dark bill with a grey band, a red head and neck, a black breast, black eyes and a grey back.
poll parrot Tweet Definition of poll parrot Like Definition of poll parrot on Facebook
  1. (dated) A tame parrot
verb (inf=to poll parrot)
  1. (context, transitive, dated) to speak, repeat, or imitate something like a parrot
  1. (context, intransitive, dated) to chatter like a parrot
Polly Tweet Definition of Polly Like Definition of Polly on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female), nickname for Mary created by rhyming with Molly.
  2. A common pet name for a parrot.
popinjay Tweet Definition of popinjay Like Definition of popinjay on Facebook
  1. A garrulous and conceited person; a coxcomb, dandy, fop
  2. (dated) a parrot or green woodpecker
  3. a wooden parrot, or similar object, stuck on a pole as a target to be shot at
  4. A heraldic (or other) representation of a parrot
poult Tweet Definition of poult Like Definition of poult on Facebook
  1. A young table-bird: turkey, partridge, grouse etc.
Poultry Tweet Definition of Poultry Like Definition of Poultry on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (London) a street in the City between Cheapside and Cornhill
pounce Tweet Definition of pounce Like Definition of pounce on Facebook
verb (pounc, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To leap into the air intending to seize someone or something:
The kitten pounced at the ball I threw to him
Rachel pounced on Seth, because she loved him and wanted him for herself.''
  1. (intransitive) To attack suddenly
''I was awakened from a dead sleep by my child pouncing on top of me from out of nowhere.
  1. (intransitive) To eagerly seize an opportunity
I pounced on the chance to get promoted.
pouter Tweet Definition of pouter Like Definition of pouter on Facebook
  1. A person who habitually pouts; a sourpuss
  2. A breed of pigeon that inflates its crop
primary Tweet Definition of primary Like Definition of primary on Facebook
noun (primar, ies)
  1. A preliminary election to select a political candidate.
  2. The first year of grade school.
  3. A base or fundamental component; something that is irreducible.
  4. The most massive component of a gravitationally bound system.
verb (primaries, primarying, primaried)
  1. To take part in a primary election
  1. The first in a group or series.
Children attend school, teenagers attend secondary school.
  1. That which is placed ahead of others.
Preferred stock has claim on dividends, ahead of common stock.
prion Tweet Definition of prion Like Definition of prion on Facebook
  1. The etiologic agent of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. The only self-replicating cause of disease known to lack nucleic acids.
  2. A self-propagating alternative conformer of any protein.
  3. A petrel from the genus Pachyptila.
prothonotary warbler Tweet Definition of prothonotary warbler Like Definition of prothonotary warbler on Facebook
  1. A small North American bird, Protonotaria citrea, having a yellow body and blue wings; it breeds in swampland.
ptarmigan Tweet Definition of ptarmigan Like Definition of ptarmigan on Facebook
noun (pl2=ptarmigan, s)
  1. A small grouse, (spelink, Lagopus mutus) or (spelink, Lagopus muta), found in subarctic tundra areas.
puffin Tweet Definition of puffin Like Definition of puffin on Facebook
  1. Any of various small seabirds of the genera Fratercula and Lunda that are black and white with a brightly coloured beak.
    • 1894, w:Rudyard Kipling, Rudyard Kipling, s:The Jungle Book, The Jungle Book, The White Seal
    • : Naturally the Chickies and the Gooverooskies and the Epatkas"the Burgomaster Gulls and the Kittiwakes and the Puffins, who are always looking for a chance to be rude, took up the cry, and"so Limmershin told me"for nearly five minutes you could not have heard a gun fired on Walrus Islet.
pullet Tweet Definition of pullet Like Definition of pullet on Facebook
  1. A young hen, especially one less than a year old
purple heron Tweet Definition of purple heron Like Definition of purple heron on Facebook
  1. A wading bird, Ardea purpurea, having reddish-brown plumage and found throughout southern Europe and Asia.

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