Definition of huia in English:

huia

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Pronunciation: /ˈhuːɪə
 
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noun

  • An extinct New Zealand wattlebird with glossy black plumage, the female having a much longer and more curved bill than the male. The tail feathers were formerly prized by Maoris, and the last huia was seen in 1907.
    • Heteralocha acutirostris, family Callaeidae
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    • Ornithologists and naturalists, including the renowned nineteenth-century illustrator John Gould, originally classified male and female huias as two different species.
    • But since the huia was extinct, I had to search for years for another species that would enable me to investigate that hypothesis.
    • It is believed Smith was the last person to have seen the now-extinct huia, whose tail feathers were used by Maori chiefs as a symbol of their mana.

Origin

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

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