Definition of kagu in English:

kagu

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːguː
 
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noun

  • A crested, almost flightless bluish-grey bird related to the rails, which is found only on the Pacific island of New Caledonia, and is now endangered.
    • Rhynochetos jubatus, the only member of the family Rhynochetidae
    More example sentences
    • The loss of much of New Caledonia's native forests has caused the numbers of kagus to decline.
    • Standing knee-high to a human and weighing about two pounds, kagus have long fascinated ornithologists.
    • It is believed than less than 1,000 kagus still live in New Caledonia, mostly in the South Province.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Melanesian.

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