Definition of kaka in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkäkə/


A large New Zealand parrot with olive-brown and dull green upper parts and reddish underparts.
  • Nestor meridionalis, family Psittacidae.
Example sentences
  • They attack the birds that nest in holes, so a heavy seeding puts birds such as the kaka, parakeet and yellowhead more at risk.
  • Also reliant on honeydew are the threatened New Zealand parrots known as kaka.
  • Her announcement ended: ‘In these forests the future now belongs to the kereru, the kiwi and the kaka.’


Late 18th century: from Maori.

Words that rhyme with kaka

Farquhar, markka, taka

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Syllabification: ka·ka

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