from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various large parrots, especially of the genus Kakatoe of Australia and adjacent areas, characterized by a long erectile crest.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bird of the family Cacatuidae with a curved beak and a zygodactyl foot.
- n. A lookout posted during a two-up game.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bird of the Parrot family, of the subfamily Cacatuinæ, having a short, strong, and much curved beak, and the head ornamented with a crest, which can be raised or depressed at will. There are several genera and many species; as the broad-crested cockatoo (Plictolophus cristatus or Cacatua cristatus), the sulphur-crested (Cacatua galerita or Plictolophus galeritus), etc. The palm cockatoo or great black cockatoo of Australia is Probosciger aterrimus (formerly Microglossus aterrimus).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name of many beautiful birds of the parrot family, subfamily Cacatuinæ (which see), and especially of the genus Cacatua.
- n. A somewhat contemptuous term applied to a small farmer in Australia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. white or light-colored crested parrot of the Australian region; often kept as cage birds
Dutch kaketoe, from Malay kakatua.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Malay burung kakaktua. (Wiktionary)