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

noun, plural cockatoos.
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.

/ˌkɒkəˈtuː; ˈkɒkəˌtuː/
noun (pl) -toos
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
(Austral & NZ) a small farmer or settler
(Austral, informal) a lookout during some illegal activity

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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