\ \ [17] Cockatoo was originally a Malay word, although it has changed somewhat under the influence of English cock. It comes via Dutch kaketoe from Malay kakatua, a compound formed from kakakelder brother or sister’ and tuaold’. A related word is cockatielsmall Australian parrot’ [19]; it comes ultimately from Portuguese cacatilha, formed from Malay kakatua with the Portuguese diminutive suffix -ilha, and it reached English via Dutch kaketielje.

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Cockatoo — La grand rue de Cockatoo Administration Pays …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Cockatoo — Cock a*too (k[o^]k [.a]*t[=oo] ), n. [Malayan kakat[=u]a.] (Zo[ o]l.) A bird of the Parrot family, of the subfamily {Cacatuin[ae]}, having a short, strong, and much curved beak, and the head ornamented with a crest, which can be raised or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cockatoo — fue un cohete sonda australiano de dos etapas propulsado por combustible sólido y utilizado a principios de los años 1970. Eran lanzados desde Woomera y consistía en una primera etapa Gosling I británica y una segunda etapa Lupus 1 australiana.… …   Wikipedia Español

  • cockatoo — 1610s, from Du. kaketoe, from Malay kakatua, possibly echoic, or from kakak elder brother or sister + tua old. Also cockatiel (1880), from Du. dim. kaketielje (1850), which is perhaps influenced by Portuguese. Spelling influenced by COCK (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • cockatoo — ► NOUN ▪ a parrot with an erectile crest. ORIGIN Dutch kaketoe, from Malay …   English terms dictionary

  • cockatoo — [käk′ə to͞o΄, käk΄ə to͞o′] n. pl. cockatoos [Du kaketoe < Malay kakatua; prob. echoic in orig., but < ? kakak, brother, sister + tua, old; sp. infl. by COCK1] any of a number of crested parrots (esp. genus Cacatua) of Australia and the East …   English World dictionary

  • Cockatoo — For other uses, see Cockatoo (disambiguation). Cockatoo …   Wikipedia

  • cockatoo — /kok euh tooh , kok euh tooh /, n., pl. cockatoos. 1. any of numerous large, noisy, crested parrots of the genera Cacatua, Callocephalon, Calyptorhynchus, etc., of the Australasian region, having chiefly white plumage tinged with yellow, pink, or …   Universalium

  • cockatoo — I. /kɒkəˈtu / (say kokuh tooh) noun 1. any of various large gregarious parrots of the family Cacatuidae, of Australia, New Guinea and eastern Indonesia, having powerful hooked bills, erectile crests, and loud screeching calls; many species are… …   Australian English dictionary

  • cockatoo — UK [ˌkɒkəˈtuː] / US [ˈkɑkəˌtu] noun [countable] Word forms cockatoo : singular cockatoo plural cockatoos a large light coloured Australian bird with a crest of feathers on its head. A cockatoo is a type of parrot …   English dictionary

  • Cockatoo — /kɒkəˈtu/ (say kokuh tooh) Australian History –noun Also, Cockatoo Islander. 1. a. a convict serving a sentence on Cockatoo Island. b. an ex convict who had served such a sentence. –adjective 2. of or relating to such a convict or ex convict: an… …   Australian English dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.