1. Any of numerous primarily tropical and subtropical birds of the order Psittaciformes, characterized by a short hooked bill, brightly colored plumage, and, in some species, the ability to mimic human speech or other sounds.
2. One who imitates the words or actions of another, especially without understanding them.
tr.v.par·rot·ed, par·rot·ing, par·rots
To repeat or imitate, especially without understanding.
[Probably fromFrench dialectalPerrot, diminutive ofPierre, Peter.]
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