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iiwi Line breaks: iiwi
Pronunciation: /ɪˈiːwi/

Definition of iiwi in English:

noun (plural same or iiwis)

A Hawaiian honeycreeper with a long downcurved bill and mainly bright red plumage.
  • Vestiaria coccinea, family Drepanididae (or Fringillidae)
Example sentences
  • In addition to the iiwi, we also hear and see a green-breasted amakihi bird.
  • The iiwi, or scarlet honeycreeper, is an endangered bird found only in Hawaii.


Late 18th century: from Hawaiian.

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