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A small Australasian and SE Asian parrot with a brush-tipped tongue for feeding on nectar and pollen, having mainly green plumage with patches of bright colour.
Family Loridae (or Psittacidae): several genera and species, e.g. the brightly coloured rainbow lory or rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)Called lorikeet in Australia
Late 17th century: from Malay lūrī.
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