Lorikeet Lor"i*keet, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any one numerous species of small brush-tongued parrots or lories, found mostly in Australia, New Guinea and the adjacent islands, with some forms in the East Indies. They are arboreal in their habits and feed largely upon the honey of flowers. They belong to {Trichoglossus}, {Loriculus}, and several allied genera. [1913 Webster]

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  • lorikeet — [lôr′i kēt΄] n. [< LORY + (PARA)KEET] any of several small, brightly colored parakeets native to Australia and the East Indies with a lorylike tongue for feeding on nectar …   English World dictionary

  • lorikeet — /lawr i keet , lor , lawr euh keet , lor /, n. any of various small lories. [1765 75; LORY + (PARA)KEET] * * * ▪ bird  any of 53 species of medium sized vocal and exceptionally colourful parrots of Australia and New Guinea that feed on pollen and …   Universalium

  • lorikeet — n. any of various small brightly coloured parrots of the subfamily Loriinae, including the rainbow lorikeet. Etymology: dimin. of LORY, after parakeet …   Useful english dictionary

  • lorikeet — noun Etymology: lory + keet (as in parakeet) Date: 1770 any of numerous small arboreal chiefly Australasian parrots (family Loriidae) that usually have long slender tongue papillae which form an organ resembling a brush …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lorikeet — noun Any of various small, brightly coloured, parrots native to Australasia. They are usually classified in the subfamily Loriinae …   Wiktionary

  • lorikeet — brightly coloured southeast Asian parrot Unusual Animals …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • lorikeet — n. small brightly colored parrot found in Australia and Southeast Asia that feeds on the honey of flowers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lorikeet — [ lɒrɪki:t] noun a small bird of the lory family, found chiefly in New Guinea. [Charmosyna and other genera: several species.] Origin C18: dimin. of lory, on the pattern of parakeet …   English new terms dictionary

  • lorikeet — lor·i·keet …   English syllables

  • lorikeet — lor•i•keet [[t]ˈlɔr ɪˌkit, ˈlɒr [/t]] n. orn any of various small lories • Etymology: 1765–75; lory+ (para) keet …   From formal English to slang

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