1. An Australian cockatoo (Eolophus roseicapillus syn. Cacatua roseicapilla) having pale blue-gray plumage and a pink breast. Also called rose-breasted cockatoo.
2. Australian A fool; an idiot.
[Yuwaalaraay (Pama-Nyungan language of southeast Australia) gilaa.]
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