One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
often as modifier A bird (especially a bird of the parrot family that is often kept as a pet) with more yellow in the plumage than is usual for the species.
- ‘I am harboring a non-native species in my apartment - a lutino cockatiel.’
- ‘Some of the other birds you get to see here are the African parrot, guineafowl, diamond dove, lutinos, cockatiel and ducks.’
- ‘Originally, parakeets were only available in shades of yellow and green; the albino lutino, a yellow bird with pink eyes and white cheeks, appeared only as a mutation.’
Early 20th century: from Latin luteus ‘yellow’ + -ino, on the pattern of albino.
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