Definition of kea in English:


Syllabification: ke·a
Pronunciation: /kēə


A New Zealand mountain parrot with a long, narrow bill and mainly olive-green plumage.
  • Nestor notabilis, family Psittacidae
More example sentences
  • All year round visitors are enchanted by the antics of New Zealand's high country parrot, the kea.
  • Beware the kea, a ten-pound mountain parrot that loves to chew and destroy all things indispensable: tents, packs, boots, and jackets.
  • New Zealand motorists have to beware a native parrot, the kea, which is just as keen on pecking off rubber windscreen wipers and window surrounds.


mid 19th century: from Maori, imitative of its call.

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