Meaning of cockatoo

cock•a•too

Pronunciation: (kok'u-t", kok"u-t'), [key]
— pl. -toos.
  1. any of numerous large, noisy, crested parrots of the genera Cacatua, Callocephalon, Calyptorhynchus, etc., of the Australasian region, having chiefly white plumage tinged with yellow, pink, or red: popular as a pet.
    1. a person who owns and works a small farm or ranch.
    2. Slang.a lookout posted by criminals or the operators of illegal gambling games.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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