One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small bird of the lory family, found chiefly in New Guinea.
Charmosyna and other genera, family Loridae (or Psittacidae): several species
- ‘Active fast flying lorikeets and big birds such as cockatoos and macaws should be in a large flight aviary.’
- ‘On a leafless European tree, not more than ten yards from my window, are sitting upwards of thirty lorikeets.’
- ‘The introduction of exotic diseases and trapping for the pet bird trade are also responsible for the declining numbers of lorikeets in the wild.’
- ‘Wild lories and lorikeets spend their days climbing, hopping and hanging upside down while feeding from flowers.’
- ‘This lorikeet is mostly green, with a yellow patch at the side of the breast.’
Late 18th century: diminutive of lory, on the pattern of parakeet.
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