popinjay


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Popinjay \Pop"in*jay\, n. [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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   1. (Zool.)
      (a) The green woodpecker.
      (b) A parrot.
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                The pye and popyngay speak they know not what.
                                                  --Tyndale.
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   2. A target in the form of a parrot. [Scot.]
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   3. A trifling, chattering, fop or coxcomb. "To be so pestered
      with a popinjay." --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Yaffle \Yaf"fle\ (y[a^]f"f'l), n. [Probably imitative of its
   call or cry.] (Zool.)
   The European green woodpecker (Picus viridis syn. {Genius
   viridis}). It is noted for its loud laughlike note. Called
   also eccle, hewhole, highhoe, laughing bird,
   popinjay, rain bird, yaffil, yaffler, yaffingale,
   yappingale, yackel, and woodhack.
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