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takahe Syllabification: ta·ka·he
Pronunciation: /təˈkī/

Definition of takahe in English:


A large, rare, flightless rail with bluish-black and olive-green plumage and a large red bill, found in mountain grassland in New Zealand.
  • Porphyrio mantelli, family Rallidae
Example sentences
  • Within an hour, the mountains, grasslands, kiwis, takahes, and other wonders I want so much to see were hundreds of miles behind us.
  • It's a takahe, an extraordinary, huge flightless gallinule long believed to be extinct until rediscovered in a remote mountain range 50 years ago.
  • Some birds compensate for a lack of structural modification to the intestinal tract by consuming large quantities of grass e.g., ducks, geese and the takahe.


Mid 19th century: from Maori.

Words that rhyme with takahe

tarakihi • towhee

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