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It derives from the Spanish papagayo, parrot, and it has come to denote a "vain, talkative person"; what word is it?




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Answer: popinjay

English speakers now call them parrots, but they used to call them popinjays. The first recorded use of the former is from 1525; the latter's first recorded use is from 1270.

The word popinjay derives from the Spanish papagayo, which in turn derives from the Arabic babagha, which in turn derives from the Persian babgha, parrot.

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