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Popinjay

popinjay

1. (Science: zoology) The green woodpecker. A parrot. The pye and popyngay speak they know not what. (Tyndale)

2. A target in the form of a parrot.

3. A trifling, chattering, fop or coxcomb. To be so pestered with a popinjay.

Origin: OE. Popingay, papejay, OF. Papegai, papegaut; cf. Pr. Papagai, Sp. & Pg. Papagayo, It. Pappagallo, LGr, NGr.; in which the first syllables are perhaps imitative of the bird's chatter, and the last either fr. L. Gallus cock, or the same word as E. Jay, F. Geai. Cf. Papagay.


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