Parrot fish
Parrot Par"rot (p[a^]r"r[u^]t), n. [Prob. fr. F. Pierrot, dim. of Pierre Peter. F. pierrot is also the name of the sparrow. Cf. {Paroquet}, {Petrel}, {Petrify}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) In a general sense, any bird of the order {Psittaci}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of {Psittacus}, {Chrysotis}, {Pionus}, and other genera of the family {Psittacid[ae]}, as distinguished from the parrakeets, macaws, and lories. They have a short rounded or even tail, and often a naked space on the cheeks. The gray parrot, or jako ({Psittacus erithacus}) of Africa (see {Jako}), and the species of Amazon, or green, parrots ({Chrysotis}) of America, are examples. Many species, as cage birds, readily learn to imitate sounds, and to repeat words and phrases. [1913 Webster]

{Carolina parrot} (Zo["o]l.), the Carolina parrakeet. See {Parrakeet}.

{Night parrot}, or {Owl parrot}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Kakapo}.

{Parrot coal}, cannel coal; -- so called from the crackling and chattering sound it makes in burning. [Eng. & Scot.]

{Parrot green}. (Chem.) See {Scheele's green}, under {Green}, n.

{Parrot weed} (Bot.), a suffrutescent plant ({Bocconia frutescens}) of the Poppy family, native of the warmer parts of America. It has very large, sinuate, pinnatifid leaves, and small, panicled, apetalous flowers.

{Parrot wrasse}, {Parrot fish} (Zo["o]l.), any fish of the genus {Scarus}. One species ({Scarus Cretensis}), found in the Mediterranean, is esteemed by epicures, and was highly prized by the ancient Greeks and Romans. [1913 Webster]


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  • parrot fish — Any of about 80 species (family Scaridae) of slender, blunt headed, deep bodied fishes found on tropical reefs. They are often brightly coloured and have large scales. The fused teeth form a beak used to scrape algae and the soft part of coral… …   Universalium

  • parrot fish — noun : any of numerous marine percoid fish having the teeth in each jaw fused into a cutting plate or parrotlike beak: a. : a fish of the family Scaridae b. : any of various wrasses c. : a fish of the family Oplegnathidae called also false parrot …   Useful english dictionary

  • parrot fish — /ˈpærət fɪʃ/ (say paruht fish) noun (plural parrot fish or parrot fishes) any of various marine fishes so called because of their colouring or the shape of their jaws, mainly tropical, mostly of the family Scaridae, and certain species of the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • parrot fish — Scarus Sca rus, n. [L. See {Scar} a kind of fish.] (Zo[ o]l.) A Mediterranean food fish ({Sparisoma scarus}) of excellent quality and highly valued by the Romans; called also {parrot fish}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • parrot fish —   Uhu (for various kinds, growth stages, and fig. meanings, see uhu).   Also: lauia, pāuhuuhu, ōhi uhi u. See slippery.    ♦ Young parrot fish, ōhua palemo (fig., mischief maker) …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • parrot-fish — parrˈot fish noun A name applied to various fishes, esp of the wrasse family and the related Scaridae, from their colours or their powerful jaws • • • Main Entry: ↑parrot …   Useful english dictionary

  • parrot fish — noun Date: 1712 any of a family (Scaridae) of usually brightly colored chiefly tropical marine fishes that have the teeth in each jaw fused into a cutting plate resembling a beak …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • blue parrot fish — geltonžvynė papūgžuvė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Scarus ghobban angl. blue parrot fish; flame parrot fish; yellow scaled parrot fish rus. желточешуйный скар; скар попугай ryšiai: platesnis… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • flame parrot fish — geltonžvynė papūgžuvė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Scarus ghobban angl. blue parrot fish; flame parrot fish; yellow scaled parrot fish rus. желточешуйный скар; скар попугай ryšiai: platesnis… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • yellow-scaled parrot fish — geltonžvynė papūgžuvė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Scarus ghobban angl. blue parrot fish; flame parrot fish; yellow scaled parrot fish rus. желточешуйный скар; скар попугай ryšiai: platesnis… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

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