Cockatoo



[kok-uh-too, kok-uh-too] /ˈkɒk əˌtu, ˌkɒk əˈtu/

noun, plural cockatoos.
1.
any of numerous large, noisy, crested parrots of the genera Cacatua, Callocephalon, Calyptorhynchus, etc., of the Australasian region, having chiefly white plumage tinged with yellow, pink, or red: popular as a pet.
2.
Australian.

/ˌkɒkəˈtuː; ˈkɒkəˌtuː/
noun (pl) -toos
1.
any of various parrots of the genus Kakatoe and related genera, such as K. galerita (sulphur-crested cockatoo), of Australia and New Guinea. They have an erectile crest and most of them are light-coloured
2.
(Austral & NZ) a small farmer or settler
3.
(Austral, informal) a lookout during some illegal activity
n.

1610s, from Dutch kaketoe, from Malay kakatua, possibly echoic, or from kakak “elder brother or sister” + tua “old.” Also cockatiel (1880), from Dutch diminutive kaketielje (1850), which is perhaps influenced by Portuguese. Spelling influenced by cock (n.1).

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