Cock`a*too"(kk`*t"), n. [Malayan kakata.] (Zol.) A bird of the Parrot family, of the subfamily Cacatuin, 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).
[1913 Webster +PJC]
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