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Hawaiian goose

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Definition of Hawaiian goose in English:

noun

A rare goose native to Hawaii, now breeding chiefly in captivity. Also called nene.
  • Branta sandvicensis, family Anatidae
Example sentences
  • The researchers’ finding suggests that the nene and several other species of Hawaiian geese now extinct branched off from a population of Canada geese and colonized the tropical paradise about half a million years ago.
  • When it was named the state bird in the late 1950s, the Hawaiian goose was on the verge of extinction.
  • One of the first examples of successful reintroduction was the Nene or Hawaiian goose.

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