(Par"ral Par"rel) n. [F. appareil. See Apparel, n.]
1. (Naut.) The rope or collar by which a yard or spar is held to the mast in such a way that it may be
hoisted or lowered at pleasure. Totten.
2. A chimney-piece. Halliwell.
(||Par*ra"qua) n. (Zoöl.) A curassow of the genus Ortalida, allied to the guan.
(||Par*rhe"si*a) n. [NL., fr. Gr. para` beside, beyond + a speaking.] (Rhet.) Boldness or
freedom of speech.
(Par"ri*ci`dal) a. [L. parricidalis, parricidialis. See Parricide.] Of or pertaining to parricide; guilty
(Par"ri*cide) n. [F., fr. L. parricida; pater father + caedere to kill. See Father, Homicide,
and cf. Patricide.]
1. Properly, one who murders one's own father; in a wider sense, one who murders one's father or mother
or any ancestor.
2. [L. parricidium.] The act or crime of murdering one's own father or any ancestor.
(Par`ri*cid"i*ous) a. Parricidal. [Obs.]
(Par"rock) n. [AS. pearruc, pearroc. See Park.] A croft, or small field; a paddock. [Prov.
(Par"rot) n. [Prob. fr. F. Pierrot, dim. of Pierre Peter. F. pierrot is also the name of the sparrow.
Cf. Paroquet, Petrel, Petrify.]
1. (Zoöl.) In a general sense, any bird of the order Psittaci.
2. (Zoöl.) Any species of Psittacus, Chrysotis, Pionus, and other genera of the family Psittacidæ, as
distinguished from the parrakeets, macaws, and lories. They have a short rounded or even tail, and
often a naked space on the cheeks. The gray parrot, or jako (P. erithacus) of Africa and the species of
Amazon, or green, parrots (Chrysotis) of America, are examples. Many species, as cage birds, readily
learn to imitate sounds, and to repeat words and phrases.
Carolina parrot (Zoöl.), the Carolina parrakeet. See Parrakeet. Night parrot, or Owl parrot. (Zoöl.)
See Kakapo. Parrot coal, cannel coal; so called from the crackling and chattering sound it makes
in burning. [Eng. & Scot.] Parrot green. (Chem.) See Scheele's green, under Green, n.
Parrot weed (Bot.), a suffrutescent plant (Bocconia frutescens) of the Poppy family, native of the
warmer parts of America. It has very large, sinuate, pinnatifid leaves, and small, panicled, apetalous
flowers. Parrot wrasse, Parrot fish (Zoöl.), any fish of the genus Scarus. One species found in
the Mediterranean, is esteemed by epicures, and was highly prized by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
(Par"rot), v. t. To repeat by rote, as a parrot.
(Par"rot), v. i. To chatter like a parrot.