Definition of nene in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnānā/
(also ne-ne)

noun (plural same or nenes)

A rare goose native to Hawaii, now breeding chiefly in captivity. Also called Hawaiian goose.
  • Branta sandvicensis, family Anatidae.
Example sentences
  • In the foreground is the nene, or Hawaiian goose.
  • Ground-nesting birds such as the endangered nene or Hawaiian goose and Hawaiian dark-rumped petrel (Pterodroma phaeopygia sandwichensis) are particularly vulnerable.
  • Despite its similarities to the Canada goose, the nene is a true Hawaiian down to its toes.


Early 20th century: from Hawaiian.

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Syllabification: ne·ne

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