Definition of weka in English:

weka

Syllabification: we·ka
Pronunciation: /ˈwekə
 
/

noun

  • A large flightless New Zealand rail with heavily built legs and feet.
    • Gallirallus australis, family Rallidae
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    • Gangly yet beautifully coloured with its bright indigo feathers, glossy black wings, and vivid red beak and legs, the pukeko is a member of the same family as the weka.
    • I see a weka, the most common of the flightless ones, out by day whereas kiwis walk by night.
    • Ornithologists on an expedition to the Calayan Island in the Babuyan Islands in the Philippines have discovered a rare near-flightless rail, related to New Zealand's weka.

Origin

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

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