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 for popinjay
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Popinjay \Pop"in*jay\, n. [OE. popingay, papejay, OF. papegai,
     papegaut; cf. Pr. papagai, Sp. & Pg. papagayo, It.
     pappagallo, LGr. ?, NGr. ?; in which the first syllables are
     perhaps imitative of the bird's chatter, and the last either
     fr. L. gallus cock, or the same word as E. jay, F. geai. Cf.
     Papagay.]
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     1. (Zool.)
        (a) The green woodpecker.
        (b) A parrot.
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                  The pye and popyngay speak they know not what.
                                                    --Tyndale.
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     2. A target in the form of a parrot. [Scot.]
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     3. A trifling, chattering, fop or coxcomb. "To be so pestered
        with a popinjay." --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Yaffle \Yaf"fle\ (y[a^]f"f'l), n. [Probably imitative of its
     call or cry.] (Zool.)
     The European green woodpecker ({Picus viridis syn. Genius
     viridis). It is noted for its loud laughlike note. Called
     also eccle, hewhole, highhoe, laughing bird,
     popinjay, rain bird, yaffil, yaffler, yaffingale,
     yappingale, yackel, and woodhack.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  popinjay
      n 1: a vain and talkative person (chatters like a parrot)
      2: an archaic term for a parrot

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