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  • A bird of the family Cacatuidae with a curved beak and a zygodactyl foot.
  • (Slang / Obsolete): A lookout posted during a two-up game.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Cock`a*too" (k&obreve;k`&adot;*t&oomac;"), n. [Malayan kakatūa.] (Zoöl.) A bird of the Parrot family, of the subfamily Cacatuinæ, 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 (Plictolophus, or Cacatua, cristatus), the sulphur-crested (P. galeritus), etc. The palm or great black cockatoo of Australia is Microglossus aterrimus.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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